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[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
from the Black Republicans; that it secretly exe-
crated Anderson for having placed it in that posi-
tion; that the Major himself, a brave and honor-
able man, would defend the fort to the best of his
ability, though deploring the necessity and politi-
cally sympathizing with its attackers.  When the
probability of its being surrendered after a nomi-
nal contest was suggested, he remarked tersely that
the speaker  didn t know Bob. Anderson. 
  I need not commend to your attention the pro-
ceedings of our legislature.  It sits daily in Hiber-
nian Hall,x a handsome building on Meeting street,
erected by the society indicated by its name, the
Senate occupying the lower chamber, the Assembly 
the upper.  Both bodies present a deliberative and
even distinguished appearance, of which South
Carolinians may well be proud.  A gay blue flag,
with a large crescent moon and lone star, a red one
bearing a white Palmetto tree better delineated
than is ordinarily the case imparts a curious and
almost incongruous air of liveliness to the upper
room; there are more Palmettos on the blinds, too,
and in the lower chamber.  The tone in which
really important measures are discussed in earnest,
vigorous and eminently gentlemanly.  To drop in,
as I generally do, for an idle hour of a morning
or evening, is to receive a favorable impression of
southern character.
  Its worse traits all seem to cluster about that
deplorable  institution  to grow inevitably out
of it.  But I have spoken of that before and the

[Gunn s handwriting]
x See first cut in present Volume.

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
approach of the hour for closing the mail warns
me to conclude my letter.  I will finish with a char-
acteristic incident of Charleston life, for the cogni-
zance of which I am indebted to chance alone.
  Not a year ago, there came a Connecticut man to
this city who established himself in business as a
sort of general agent.  He professed the most ul-
tra of southern principles, and during the spring
convention made himself unnecessarily prominent
in that respect; previous to the passing of the or-
dinance of secession, too, he must needs publicity
present Mr. Keitt with  a rifled cane  advertising
the sale of similar articles in the newspapers, and, 
doubtless, making money thereby.  (I believe he
was glorified in one of your New York contempora-
riesx in this connection.)  Well, subsequent to the
 commencement of the war,  he talked so ram-
pantly belligerent that it was resolved to gratify
him with a taste of campaigning.  A day s duty at
one of the forts resulted in something approaching
an attempt at desertion, but a broken arm, acci-
dentally received in a tumble from a gun-carriage,
while he was making a drunken speech, enabled 
him to obtain his temporary discharge and return
to the city.  Simultaneously, unpleasant things be-
gan to be suspected of him.  He had endeavored
to criminate others, he himself presently stood
privately arraigned on the charge of being the cor-
respondent of a Newburgh paper of Republican
principles.  Three days ago he received a four
hours intimation to quit the city, and obeyed it.

[Gunn s handwriting]
x The World (by Wood.)

[Gunn s diary continued]
rion acquaintances, newly-arrived, also from
Georgia, now in the naval service of South
Carolina.          Got a batch of London Examiners
and Punches, mailed from New York by Bowery-
em.   To room; writing letter to Hannah till
10, then to hall again.     Morris and Frank
Ol Osgood his man were prevalent during the early
part of the evening.
  27.  Sunday.   With Waud to the Market
street pier, intending to start by 11 for Sullivan s
Island, but the departure of the boat was de-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and five
Description:Includes a newspaper clipping written by Gunn for the ''Evening Post'' concerning pre-war events and attitudes in Charleston.
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Bennett, Hannah; Boweryem, George; Dodge, W.E.; Flags; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Keitt, Lawrence M.; Morris (Charleston); New York evening post.; New York world.; Osgood, Frank; Secession; Waud, William; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; New York, [New York]; Connecticut; Georgia
Coverage (Street):Market Street; Meeting Street
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.