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	Letter to the  Post 
ed with the remark    You ll all be in h__l
in a minute.    I didn t say that!  he told me, with
a chuckle.           He wouldn t have let  that other fel-
low  meaning W. Waud, into the Fort, to sketch
for Frank Leslie s.        He left me to talk to an

[newspaper clipping: first column]
Conjectures and Rumors in Charleston An Excur-
  sion to Sullivan s Island The Garrison of Castle
  Pinckney View of Fort Sumter Interior of Fort
  Moultrie Condition of the Fortress.
			    
     {From an Occasional Correspondent}
	CHARLESTON, S. C., January 12, 1861.
  A United States war steamer, generally be
lieved to be the Brooklyn, has appeared outside
our harbor, has boarded a small vessel, presuma-
bly for information, and incontinently departed, it
is supposed, for Norfolk, Virginia.  Such was the
news which passed from mouth to mouth over
Charleston breakfast-tables this morning, with here
and there some wilder accompaniments by way of
rumor, as that she would lay to outside until rein-
forced by the arrival of the Harriet Lane, the Ma-
cedonian, the Powhatan, and perhaps half-a-dozen
others, when a vigorous blockade of Charleston
might be expected, to which South Carolina would
respond by issuing letters of marque to all who ap-
plied for them, inviting Yankee skippers to hoist
the Palmetto flag for the enjoyment of the honora-
ble privileges of privateering and piracy at the ex-
pense of their countrymen.  This, and yesterday
afternoon s visit of the Hon. A. G. Magrath, our Se-
cretary of State, and the Hon. D. F. Jamison, Se-
cretary of War, to Fort Sumter, under a flag of
truce, with a message of unknown purport from the
Governor to Major Anderson, has afforded as mat-
ter for conversation and conjecture throughout the
forenoon what the remainder of the day may
bring, heaven knows.  I may mention, by-the-bye,
that Major Anderson is popularly reported to have
recently shot two or three or four Irishmen be-
longing to his garrison for mutiny, or attempts at
desertion a story which seems to rest upon no bet-
ter foundation than the asserted visit of a Catholic
priest to Fort Sumter.
  Pending more exciting subjects, I shall tell you
of an excursion I made yesterday to Sullivan s
Island.
  The ferry-boat Osiris (which I have before inci-
dentally libelled, by describing it as a nautical hy-

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brid between a Mississippi and a Hudson river
steamer, with a dash of the New York tug and ferry-
boat thrown in) plies between the city of Charles-
ton and the Island of Sullivan twice a day, going
and coming that number of times.  With unexpect-
ed and commendable punctuality it started yesterday
morning not later than ten minutes after its adver-
tised hour of departure, presenting a very busy and
bustling spectacle at that time.
  There were a good many young fellows aboard in 
military uniforms complete and partial, most of
them slim and spare in figure, some tall, generally
with straight black hair, worn longer than becomes
a soldier.  They had on blue coats, gray coats, or-
dinary frock-coats, felt hats, military caps with
golden palmetto trees embroidered in front, or the
initial letters designating their corps, and were
armed indiscriminately with muskets and swords 
some sporting a Colt, or Adams, or Lindsay re-
volver, placed rather conspicuously in a belt in
ront.  Their talk was patriotic and decidedly bel-
ligerent.
  The lower deck of the vessel displayed a score or
so of wheel-barrows, trusses of hay, crates full of 
turnips, cabbages, potatoes, bedding, a keg of gun-
powder, cannon balls, a large hog with its feet tied
together, a horse or two, a wagon, and many  boys 
in charge of the property.  With this miscellaneous
cargo, animate and inanimate, we left the long
wharf at the foot of Market street, and steamed
towards the island of Shute s Folly a mile s dis-
tance reaching Castle Pinckney in about twenty 
minutes.
  Castle Pinckney is a little fort and not much to 
look at, appropriately pink in color, at present doing
its best to assume a martial appearance, with piles 
of sand bags between the cannon on its ramparts,
and, of course, the Palmetto flag flying a white
tree on a red ground.  Our arrival produced a scene
of much animation.  A corps of military young
gentlemen advanced at a brisk Zouave trot, and
formed in line on the little pier, their discipline
not being so strict as to forbid their interchanging
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page sixty
Description:Includes Gunn's newspaper account of events in Charleston written for the ''Evening Post.''
Date:1861-01-11
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Brooklyn (Ship); Castle Pinckney (Charleston, S.C.); Civil War; Firearms; Flags; Food; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harriet Lane (Ship); Jamison, D.F.; Journalism; Macedonian (Ship); Magrath, A.G.; Military; New York evening post.; Osiris (Ship); Pickens, F.W.; Powhatan (Ship); Ripley, R.S.; Sullivan Island (S.C.); Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia
Coverage (Street):Market 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.