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						49
		Inside Fort Moultrie.

[newspaper clipping continued]
trusted and in danger of being confounded with the
execrated Black Republicans.
  There is a system of espionage as complete as
that organized by the first Napoleon.  The gentle-
manly stranger who, learning you are from the
North, claims it as his own birthplace and sounds
you with some mild Union sentiments, intimating
his private conviction that  we have gone too far
here.  the barman who mixes your  cocktail,  the
colored waiter who attends assiduously upon your
party at the hotel dinner and is much interested in
the inevitable political conversation, the loungers
in its hall or under its piazza beware of each and
all of them.  Charleston is one vigilance committee.
No such individual as the apocryphal correspondent
of the New York Tribune could exist here undis-
covered, of that I am confident.
  I credit the assertion of the New York Daybook,
that  the citizens of Charleston believe in order, 
and think that the place has been seldom disgraced
by exhibitions of mob-law; but with a revolution in
progress, how long will that spirit be kept in check?
It is rife in the interior; atrocities are committed
there which are never commemorated in the news-
papers.
  Here s an instance.x  I was leaving Milledgeville,
Georgia, in the cars, within the last fortnight, when, 
passing through a little wood, we heard the baying
of blood-hounds, as in pursuit of something.  The 
conversation of two of my neighbors (they sat in
the seat fronting me) informed me that the object of
the chase was  a damned Yankee peddler  what
his offence might have been, or of what crime he
was suspected, I could not gather.   I reckon, 
said one of the speakers a coarse, imperfectly-
shaven, long-haired Georgian with tobacco-stained
teeth, and cunning deep-set eyes,  that fellow be-
gins to sweat behind his ears now;  and then,
turning to his companion with a sort of dolorous
whine, perfectly indescribable, and which I shall
never forget, he asked,  Was there ever people op-
pressed as we be? 

[Gunn s diary continued]
			in a hearty manner
			and invited me in.   He
			was in private clothes and
			felt hot and conversed
			with me on the ramparts,
			looking towards Fort Sum-
			ter.      The interior of
			Moultrie is described
			in my letter, as minu-
			tely as I thought pru-
			dent.    There were but
			eleven cannon spiked
			and dismounted by
			Anderson, I committed
			the error purposely; not
			to seem too particular, as
			Ripley told me the number.
			I asked him whether
			I might make a sketch
			of the interior  for the
(x One of Colt s experiences.)       Illustrated London News? 
  he acquiesced if I would promise not to send it
to any Northern picture-paper, which, of course,
I readily could do.            I inquired what he could
do in the defensive way in Moultrie.      Do! oh!
a good deal if that fellow there   pointing to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page fifty-seven
Description:Regarding a visit to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan Island.
Date:1861-01-11
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Colt, Amos H.; Drawing; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Illustrated London news.; Journalism; New York daybook.; New York tribune.; Ripley, R.S.; Vigilance committees
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; Milledgeville, Georgia
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.