Pistol and Rifle Practice.
14. Monday. Another drizzly morning.
To the Express Office; Lindsay there and
others, anon W. Waud came. To the Post-of-
fice and Courier sanctum, returning to hotel by
12 . In doors, writing a letter to the Post all
the afternoon and part of the evening. Then down
town to mail it, returning to Express Office.
W. Waud, Lindsay and others there; Carlyle
came. To hotel and supper by 10 and to bed
and book half an hour later.
15. Tuesday. To Express and Courier offices,
looking over papers at the latter. Returning to
the former, stayed impatiently with W. Waud
until near 2 P. M., when most of a proposed
party having assembled, consisting of ourselves,
Captain Coste, Woodward, Lindsay and ano-
ther, we took a fifteen minutes ride to the
outskirts of the city, in one of the long, open
Express wagons. There arriving at a long
pier, adjacent to a saw-mill, kept by hearty
Morris aforementioned, we did some pistol-
and rifle-practice, principally with Lindsay s
weapons, our marks being, first a log in the
water, anon a bit of paper, stuck upon palings.
Coste, who besides the handsome revolver presented
to him by Lindsay, had an old Dean and
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page seventy-six|
|Description:||Describes pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians.|
|Subject:||Carlyle; Coste, Captain; Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Lindsay; Morris (Charleston); New York evening post.; Waud, William; Woodward (Charleston)|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Charleston, South Carolina]|
|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.|