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	Here and There.
elderly officer, when I strolled about at my
leisure.    On the verge of the ramparts, looking
towards Sumter, a sentinel   a very young fellow-
challenged my advance, but an intimation that
I had just parted from Ripley afforded me an
unobstructed passage.    Half an hour satisfied
my curiosity.       I interchanged a remark or two
with a raw lad of eighteen or twenty, from New
Orleans, who wore the Louisianian secession badge,
the button in the centre displaying a pelican feeding
her young.           Returned to Charleston by 3
o clock of a sultry afternoon.           After dinner
in my room awhile, writing.             Out to the Express
office, sketching caricatures &c in company with
Lindsay, Woodward and others.    W. Waud came.
To the telegraph office, Lavine and other drop-
pers in there, anon Carlyle.     With him to the
Courier sanctum, reading, loafing, looking at ex-
changes.     Returned to hotel, young Mitchel
there.        Among the loungers populating the hall
there was a drunken Edgefield man, roughly
dressed, wandering to and fro, addressing stran-
gers indiscriminately, of course on Secession and
the glory of being a South Carolinian.      The locality
this man came from seems to possess a notoriety
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page sixty-one
Description:Regarding a visit to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan Island.
Date:1861-01-11
Subject:Carlyle; Drunkenness; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lavine; Lindsay; Military; Mitchel, John, Jr.; Ripley, R.S.; Secession; Waud, William; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana
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.