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	A Visit to Sullivan s Island.
  11.  Friday.   Finished a letter, then set
off alone for a visit to Sullivan s Island,
intending to write an account of the same to the
Post and not wishing to have anybody with me
to identify particulars.   For the Post was frequent-
ly quoted from and alluded to both in the Mer-
cury and Courier and the former republished a
long extract from a letter of mine dated Jan-
uary 3, descriptive of the physique and man-
ners of the South Carolinians.    W. Waud read
it at the breakfast table, involuntarily suspect-
ing its authorship.     At first there were no
confidences between us as to my real business
in Charleston, or at best only implied ones; he
told me subsequently that he supposed me to be
corresponding with the Boston Post   I don t
know how he got the notion.x  Afterwards, when
circumstances drew us nearer together as com-
panions, I told him the truth, which he kept
secret faithfully enough.       So starting at
11 o clock, I went aboard.     As I insert the
letter I wrote to the Post subsequently, I need
only add details which in print, might have
compromised my safety.     At Fort Moultrie
I sent in a pencilled request for admission to
Major Ripley, who came to the entrance port
   x He had lived in Boston so long that it probably occurred invol-	
					untarily.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page fifty-six
Description:Regarding a visit to Sullivan Island.
Date:1861-01-11
Subject:Boston post.; Charleston courier.; Charleston mercury.; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York evening post.; Ripley, R.S.; Sullivan Island (S.C.); Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.