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	     Sullivan s Island.

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
cries of recognition and even of badinage with
friends on board the steamer.  Certain of these in-
tending to disembark, and the state of the tide not
allowing the steamer to approach the pier, a boat
put off from the fort for their accommodation.  In
the meantime our passengers pelted the military
young gentlemen with newspapers, many of which
fell short of their destination, bedecking the salt
water with Mercuries and Couriers.  I noticed one
gentleman who achieved a triumphant success by
the aid of a turnip; wrapping around that vegetable
his newspaper, it alighted appropriately in the
stomach of the intended and doubtless gratified re-
cipient.
  Very soon we were again steaming over the
brows waters of the bay towards Sullivan s Island,
and, approaching it, had a good view of Fort Sum-
ter, with the stars and stripes floating defiantly in
the bright, breezy morning provocative of com-
ment and objurgation on the part of our military
fellow-passengers.  Most of them predicted that it
would not be allowed to  insult South Carolina 
by its presence there for another week; but there
were some who, looking thoughtfully at the solid
masonry of the strong octagonal fortress, with its
double row of port-holes, (most of them closed, but
none the less suggestive for that;) its long colum-
biads pointed menacingly at its opposite neighbor,
Fort Moultrie and knowing something of the

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
courage and loyalty of its commander confessed
that, if attacked, it would assuredly cost the Pal-
metto state a dear price in the blood of her brav-
est.  Some of the plans suggested for its assault, if
enumerated, would expose me to the charge of
falsification or burlesque; you may read their par-
allels in the newspapers.
  Pleasantly we steamed onwards, the sun growing
hotter overhead until it was positively sultry, a
foolish person in our bow harmlessly discharging
his revolver at such stray loons as skimmed over
the surface of the water.  Three quarters of an hour
brought us to Sullivan s Island, where, disembark-
ing, we commenced a perspiring walk of less than 
half a mile to Fort Moultrie.
  Sullivan s Island is all sand, a place of summer
resort for bathing and pleasure-loving Charles-
tonians, many of whom have villas upon it.  These,
at this season of the year, are all closed, Moultrie-
ville, as it is called, looking as silent and deserted
a place under the hot noon-tide as could well be
imagined, except for the straggling stream of pe-
destrians, setting, like myself and party, in the di-
rection of the fort.  The houses are almost exclu-
sively of wood, of irregular construction and
shabby aspect; the gardens horrent with the spiky
 Spanish dagger,  as I believe it is called, and
occasional palmettos, more or less genuine.  We
saw a picturesque cluster of the real article, four
in number, by the road side.

[Gunn s handwriting]
five/

[photograph of palmetto trees]
Palmetto trees known as the  Five Indians  on Sullivan s Island.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page sixty-two
Description:Includes Gunn's newspaper account of his visit to Sullivan Island written for the ''Evening Post.''
Date:1861-01-11
Subject:Charleston courier.; Charleston mercury.; Flags; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; New York evening post.; Sullivan Island (S.C.)
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.