We are prevented going to James Island.
its editorial rooms. Talking there with one of
the editors, quoth he If ever you see a particular-
ly big palmetto flag out, you may be sure its
displayed by a Northern man! which my obser-
vation corobborated. I went alone to the Courier
office afterwards, read awhile among the exchange-
es, presently turning out with Carlyle into the
black, rainy night. He would have me go to King
Street with him to a place where was some par-
ticularly good brandy or whiskey, but the place
was shut up, so we went to the hotel and by 11
I got to bed.
19. Saturday. To the Express Office with W.
Waud, then down-town together to a wharf not far
from the Battery, witnessing the embarkation of a
company of Moultrie Guards, for James Island.
We wanted to go thither to, Waud to sketch, I
to collect material for a companion letter to my
Sullivan s Island one, but though Waud knew
one of the company, we found our object unattain-
able. There was a very cocky Quartermaster who
almost snubbed us and then apologized for it.
So we adjourned to the Battery, loafed awhile
and W. Waud made a bit of a sketch of the
schooner Aiken which lay in the stream. From
thence returning East Bay-wards we ascended
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page eighty-five|
|Description:||Describes an unsuccessful attempt to visit James Island with William Waud.|
|Subject:||Aiken (Ship); Carlyle; Charleston mercury.; Flags; Gunn, Thomas Butler; James Island (S.C.); Journalism; Military; Waud, William|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Charleston, South Carolina]|
|Coverage (Street):||King Street|
|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.|