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	Ripley and His Garrison.
Fort Sumter   don t prevent us.   I asked if
he thought Moultrie could be held, if Sumter
opened fire upon it.     Perhaps a couple of hours, 
said Ripley  and he may blow us to h__l in
half that time!      He talked more freely thus
than he did afterwards, speaking in a hearty
military tone about Bob Anderson, and in
some degree tal discussing the matter as if it were
a joke.          Ripley impressed me as a perfect
soldier of fortune with with some private pique
against the U. S. Government, disliking the
Republican party but a little disposed to pooh-
pooh the un-military indefitniteness of the
Secessionists.   I had that day s Mercury
and gave it to him.   Asking about the young
fellows who were in the fort he said they were
 as green as grass but they had pluck enough
and would fight like hell!      They were greatly
excited during the firing on the Star of the West
and must needs entreat him to let them blaze
away with a cannon, too, though they could
do no possible mischief and he and they fully
expected that Anderson would open fire upon
them from Fort Sumter, in retaliation.    There
was a story about this in, I think, the paper
I had given Ripley stating that he had consent-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page fifty-eight
Description:Regarding a visit to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan Island.
Date:1861-01-11
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Ripley, R.S.; Secession; Star of the West (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
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.