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	Hither and thither.
into and had given three cheers, though there
was nobody to hear them.      To  Courier  Of-
fice, saw Carlyle and Bird.          Returned to
the hotel after a ramble about East Bay
and its vicinity.   Writing in my room, W.
Waud drawing in his, I at work on a
letter for the Post.     Supped together, found
Woodward in the throng in the hall afterwards.
With W. W. to the British Consulate   Bunch
out.      To the Telegraph and Courier Offices,
gossiping at the former, reading and looking
over exchanges at the latter.     Turned out
with Carlyle, strolling to the Telegraph of-
fice again and finally to a rere-supper and
at the hotel and the inevitable drinks.    Here
is the letter I wrote this day to the Post.

[newspaper clipping: first column]
The Reception of the Star of the West Excitement 
     in Charleston What was Said and Done.
			     
	     {From an Occasional Correspondent.}
  CHARLESTON, S. C., January 10, 1861 10 P. M.
  Yesterday was a day of excitement second only
to the memorable Thursday subsequent to the
evacuation of Fort Moultrie.  You have learnt the
particulars by telegraph, delayed, however, by a
dozen hours, the wires being out of order.  South
Carolina has, to all intents and purposes, com-
menced war against the United States commenced
it in perfect keeping with her whole headstrong
and precipitate course, without a word of declara-
tion beyong the unauthorized fulminations of the
newspapers.  She has fired upon an unarmed ves-
sel bringing stores and reinforcements to a brave
and loyal officer of the federal government, vilified
and menaced in consequence of the faithful dis-
charge of his trust.  She exults in the deed, and her

[newspaper clipping: second column]
Governor, questioned by that officer, endorses  an
act without a parallel in the history of our country
or any other civilized government.   It now 
behoves her only to accept consequences.  As yet
unaware of the tremendous responsibility, she
hourly expects them, and makes preparations for
the contest of a character befitting her bad cause
and fratricidal quarrel.
  Your  Occasional  (and accidental) correspond-
ent was prevalent throughout the day, an interested
and not unsympathetic spectator.  He made one of
those summoned forth to the wharves and battery
by the booming of the guns at early morning, and,
like others, strained his sight in vain in the direc-
tion from which the ominous sounds proceeded.
He heard the many-voiced conflicting rumors, as-
serting with exultant boastfulness that the Star of
the West had been sunk,  badly hulled,  com-
pelled to lower the national flag, so severely crip-
pled that she must run ashore, necessitating an en-
gagement by land (or rather by sand), when the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page fifty-four
Description:Includes Gunn's newspaper account of the firing upon the ''Star of the West'' written for the ''Evening Post.''
Date:1861-01-10
Subject:Bird, Dr.; Bunch, Robert; Carlyle; Civil War; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Mitchel, John, Jr.; New York evening post.; Pickens, F.W.; Star of the West (Ship); Waud, William; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina
Coverage (Street):East Bay
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.