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                Rudimentary Oyster-Eating.
Howard revolver with one burst barrel or cham-
ber, plugged up with a bullet, bragged of hitting
the mark or coming near it each time, palpably
lying.    An unpleasant style of human terrier
was Coste, conceited withal.    There was a  Vol-
canic repeating rifle  tried, and W. Waud and
I used our revolvers.        I made the best target-
shot, I suppose accidentally.      We had champagne
at the saw-ill afterwards, in a sort of loft,
Morris and his hearty associate being very jolly and
hospitable.      They gave Woodward a lot of oysters
to take back with him, and he and Coste occu-
pied themselves in opening them with their knives
and eating them, on our progress homewards.   Coste
left us on the way.          It was a cool, sunny af-
ternon; we returned to the Express Office by
5.      W. Waud and I supped together at the
  16.  Wednesday.   To Express Office, as usual.
A ramble up-town in the direction of the citadel
and thereabouts.   Return to hotel; dinner; wri-
ting all the afternoon; W. Waud up awhile.
Out to mail at 8  , returning to Express
office.   Fellows diceing and raffling for revolvers;
lost a dollar or so at it myself, not much.       W.
Waud and Carlyle there.      Stayed till 10  ,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page seventy-seven
Description:Describes pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians.
Subject:Carlyle; Coste, Captain; Firearms; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris (Charleston); Waud, William; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-11


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.