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	Inside Fort Moultrie.

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
  It is a very tropical-looking tree, its straight,
sharp leaves radiating from the ends of its
branches, which grow only together in a cluster
on the summit.  When young its trunk involun-
tarily suggests a species of insane pineapple run
to seed; when old it is exceedingly hard, and as-
serted, like  the herb Pantagruelion,  to be capa-
ble of resisting both fire and sword.  One of the
most popular banners displayed during the seces-
sion movement in South Carolina represented
 Abe of the West,  axe in hand, endeavoring, in
vain, to split a palmetto log.
  Fort Moultrie is, as the newspapers will tell you,
an enclosed water battery, having a front on the
south, or water side, of a depth of about three hun-
dred feet, built with salient and re-entering
angles on all sides, and is admirably adapted for
defence, either from the attack of a storming party
or by regular approaches.   That is to say, pro-
vided it is not exposed to the fire of a hostile gar-
rison in Fort Sumter.  Passing along its narrow
and not very deep moat, we joined the throng of
spectators at the entrance.
  Here a couple of soldiers on guard, with crossed
muskets and bayonets, blocked the way, and an
officer (I believe a lieutenant) responded to many
applications for admission, according few.  A sick
[unclear word] was carted out, a quantity of newly-washed
linen, a negress in a pyramidical turban of bright
colors, half a dozen recruits, a bottle of whiskey
and a cheese were passed in.  Unable ourselves to
obtain the privilege of entrance, we strolled around

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
the fort, looking seaward.  A more fortunate ac-
quaintance whom I encountered in the return to
the city gave me some few particulars as to the look 
of the interior. 
  The cannon disabled by Major Anderson still lie
in picturesque confusion, all smoke-stained and dis-
colored below the ramparts, though their spikes
have been removed.  They were twelve in number,
pointed directly towards Fort Sumter, hence the
gallant Kentuckian s object is apparent the frus-
tration of any attempt to stop him during his re-
moval.  Why they have not been replaced on gun-
carriages my informant was unable to conjecture;
possibly for lack of the same.  All the other guns
are loaded and levelled, one or two at Fort Sumter,
the rest commanding what is now the only water
approach to the city, Maffet s Channel, six or ten
sunken vessels effectually blockading the other.
Thus, any vessel endeavoring to enter the harbor
against the will of the commander of Fort Moultrie
could, and probably would, be destroyed or dis-
abled in case that formidable Fort Sumter did not
interfere.
  For the rest, all was preparation within Fort
Moultrie; huge stacks of barrels of sand, covered
with hides shielding the guns, the apparatus for
heating shot and shell in order, the powder maga-
zine buried in sand, sentinels on the look-out every-
where, and drilling in progress perpetually.  That
its present occupants will fight bravely and despe-
rately, and hold it to the last extremity, admits of
no question.

[photograph of Fort Moultrie]
Interior of Fort Moultrie (on its summer aspect) Sumter in the distance.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page sixty-four
Description:Includes Gunn's newspaper account of his visit to Sullivan Island written for the ''Evening Post.''
Date:1861-01-12
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lincoln, Abraham; Military; Secession; Slaves
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.