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	A Charleston Sensation.
Pickens, I loitered in company with W. Waud,
Woodward, Carlyle and others, the first intend-
ing a sketch.        F. Wood turned up; he had
been absent for several days or two on a visit to the
plantation of Gilmore Sims the novelist, on I
suspect his own invitation.    I went with him,
Woodward and Carlyle to a restaurant, where
the latter two lunched, then left them for dinner,
			at which W. Waud
			joined me.  I got three
			letters at the bar af-
			terwards, one of no
			moment from Colt,
			addressing me as  the
			brave Gun  and talk-
			ing spasmodic anti-
			secession,  the others
			from Boweryem &
			Mr Edwards, which
			I have already chroni-
			cled.         Wrote ano-
			ther note to the Post,
			then off to the mail 
			it, in company with
			W. Waud, who want-
			ed to sketch the

[newspaper clipping, written by Gunn for  The Evening Post ]
     {FROM AN OCCASIONAL CORRESPONDENT.}
  CHARLESTON, S. C., January 9, 1861 10   A. M.
  All day yesterday, Charleston was full of rumors
relative to the Star of the West and her mission,
the Mercury announcing it as positively for this
city, with reinforcements of men and provisions
for Major Anderson.  This appeared to be the
general impression, though many were inclined to
suppose her object that of securing the forts of
Florida to the government.
  At 6   this morning the Star of the West ap-
peared and boldly steamed across the bar, when she
was fired at by the cadets under command of Cap-
tain Stevens, on Morris Island.  The first shots
passed under her box and fell harmlessly about
her.  She continued her course, when more shots
were fired, about fifteen in all, four of them from
Fort Moultrie.  It is asserted that the vessel is
 badly hulled,  but this may prove an exaggeration.
Unquestionably she is seriously damaged.  She
steamed out very rapidly.  The whole affair must
have been clearly descried from Fort Sumter, as
day was breaking, yet Major Anderson did not fire
a gun in assistance of the steamer.
  War is unquestionably declared, and South Caro-
lina resolute for it.
	CHARLESTON, S. C., January 9 Noon.
  Two United States officers, one Lieutenant Davis,
are now in conference with Governor Pickens at his
residence on Meeting street.  They came from Fort
Sumter, landing under a flag of truce, and are the
bearers of some message from Major Anderson.  It
is supposed to embody some threat relative to the
bombardment of Fort Moultrie, in the event of the
Star of the West being further molested.  That
steamer is invisible.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page forty-nine
Description:Describes the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery.
Date:1861-01-09
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Boweryem, George; Carlyle; Charleston mercury.; Civil War; Colt, Amos H.; Davis, Lieutenant; Edwards, George; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; New York evening post.; Pickens, F.W.; Sims, Gilmore; Star of the West (Ship); Stevens, Captain; Waud, William; Wood, Frank; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Florida
Coverage (Street):Meeting Street
Scan Date:2010-05-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.