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	Sunset on Sullivan s Island.
That of the Richland Rifles was a good, ser-
viceable one, consisting of a dark-gray hunting-
frock, plaited on the breast and belted, with
trousers to match.    These fellows were mostly
young men, of good position and family, many
of them wealthy in land and slaves.      Returning
to quarters, Waud and Babbage determined to
accept Captain Miller s hospitality for the night,
so young Pancknin and I set off over the sand,
with our faces towards Charleston,
with such success as to witness the 6 o clock
ferry-boat steam off, just as we arrived in sight
of the pier.    Incontinently we tramped back
again.   The day had been fresh, cold and sun-
ny, the evening retained its character, looking 
very picturesque and deserted, with the red sun-
set streaming down its sandy lanes and over
the ocean, whose melancholy swash made mono-
tonous music as we toiled over the sand-hills.  An
old Irishwoman half accompanied, half-followed
us, I think for the protection of our company
(for there were stories that some of the troops had
been behaving badly to the poorer population) or
for love of gossip.        She told me that she had
lived in the island for twenty years, that she
once paid only $3 a year rent, that her hus-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and nine
Description:Describes a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles.''
Date:1861-01-27
Subject:Babbage, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Miller, Dan; Pancknin; Slaveholders; Sullivan Island (S.C.); Waud, William
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.