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	   A Row in a Brothel.
Covert went to sleep in the box and was very used
up indeed, insomuch that he resented the waiter s
demanding the amount of the bill and I paid it.
I saw him very nearly home subsequently, and
lost my way in the dead-silent streets of Char-
leston returning.   Found W. Waud in his room,
late as it was, he having just got back
from a bal-masque, at  Alice Ashley s,  a  fash-
ionable  Charleston courtesan s, where a large pro-
portion of the  chivalry  had been present, and
where a fight had occurred, in consequence of
one of the young bloods striking a prostitute; on
which provocation all the women pitched into
the offender and mauled him frightfully, until
the head-bawd rescued him, plunging into the
crowd and knocking her boarders to the right
and left like nine-pins.      This same woman,
I heard subsequently, sent a barrel of whiskey
as a present to one of the companies, quartered
on one of the islands.        Abed by 2.
  25.  Friday.  Very wet.   In doors, writing
to the  Post  and other matters all day; W. Waud
in his room, also, much of the time.    Turned out
on my usual errand at 8  , into the drenching
black night, mailed letter, looked into  Courier 
Office, stayed an hour, then returned to hotel,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and two
Description:Regarding a fight in a Charleston brothel.
Date:1861-01-24
Subject:Brothels; Covert, Harry; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; New York evening post.; Waud, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-11

 

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.