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         Posting Letters.     Turkey Buzzards.
nant with gossip.    This I would saunter across
very leisurely and so along the piazza, exchanging
my lazy pace at the corner of the huge hotel for
a rapid walk.        I seldom ventured to confide my
letters to the box on the hotel counter, for transmis-
sion to the mail, as I was pretty sure that some,
if not all of the clerks were members of the Vigi-
lance Committee, and the box was open to every-
body s scrutiny.      Diving down a side street, then,
I struck off through the less frequented thorough-
fares towards the post-office, hearing St Mi-
chael chimes playing all the time and encounte-
ring scarcely anybody except a policeman or stray
pedestrian.       Generally I emerged on the market,
either crossing it or pursuing its deserted hall
for a block or two, commonly varying my track
in some minor particulars.         I have a very 
lively recollection of the black dank aspect of
these empty down-town streets of a rainy night,
of the church in front of which Calhoun
lies buried, and of East Bay.             By the way
this market is all alive of a Satuday night
with negroes buying and selling, and at early
morning it presents a curious spectacle, the
turkey-buzzards, the only scavengers of the city
sitting in rows on its eaves and roof and on
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page sixty-eight
Description:Describes precautions he takes as a correspondent of the ''Evening Post.''
Date:1861-01-12
Subject:African Americans; Calhoun, John C.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Vigilance committees
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-08

 

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.