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	The  Richland Rifles. 
year, now occupied by the troops as extempo-
rized barracks.        After a not very successful
crossing a pond of sea-water, which lay between
us and one of these buildings, we reached the quar-
ters of the  Richland Rifles.        These were in
and adjacent to the Pinckney House, a spacious
wooden hotel with the piazza common to all
southern houses.   In a villa, on the near side of
the hotel, we found Captain Dan Miller and
a score or so of his corps, who gave us a very 
hospitable welcome, all being  Columbia boys, 
and most of them familiar with Babbage, who
had once been postmaster at South Carolina s
picturesque and pretty capitol.       They were seat-
ed in a parlor, with a log-fire on the hearth, and
had just finished dinner, the remains of which
were on the table.  We smoked awhile, adjourned
to an adjacent refectory, drank and ate, and
obtained innumerable introductions.  At 4  
P. M. the company turned out to drill and
dress-parade, the first in front of the Pinck-
ney House, when Speck came out of the ranks
and talked with him.      Anon they all marched
to tap of drum over the sand-hills to the
Moultrie House, where the other companies were
on parade, some in uniform, some not.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and eight
Description:Describes a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles.''
Subject:Babbage, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Miller, Dan; Speck; Sullivan Island (S.C.)
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston], South Carolina; Columbia, 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.