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	In Fort Moultrie again.
layed till noon.     Returning, I was introdu-
ced to some acquaintances of Waud s, with whom
he had spent much of his leisure   id est nine-
tenths of his time.     These were a Mr. Babbage,
an Englishman of ten years Southern experience,
and nephew to the inventor of the calculating ma-
chine; a Mr Murdoch, a Carolinian and a
young fellow named Pancknin, appertaining to
a chemist-store next door to the residence of the
others, on Meeting Street, and son to their land-
lord.      The two first were very agreable, intel-
ligent fellows, Babbage very British in every-
thing, Murdoch a member of the Marion Artil-
lery, whose uniform he wore, being bound for Cas-
tle Pinckney.       After a brief visit to their rooms,
we started and in due time arrived at Sul-
livan s Island.    Preferring the sea shore to
the equally sandy but drier road through the
village, we walked to Fort Moultrie, into
which Waud and I were admitted by an
order from Major Ripley, the others by some
officer of their acquaintance.   A great change
was perceptible since my last visit.    The guns
were all mounted, the spaces between the em-
brasures filled with huge piles of sand-bags, fa-
ced with palmetto logs.      The bags were so
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and six
Description:Describes a visit to Fort Moultrie.
Date:1861-01-27
Subject:Babbage, George; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Murdoch; Pancknin; Ripley, R.S.; Sullivan Island (S.C.); Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Coverage (Street):Meeting Street
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.