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	Captain Dan Miller
band had helped to build Fort Sumter, that
nearly all the other cottagers on the island had
left their abodes for the city, dreading that can-
non balls might render such shanties dangerous
places of habitation.   Presently she left us, at
a melancholy looking road-side house, with a
pool of water in front of it.      We encountered
a sentry at the rear of the Moultrie House
who bade us stand, halloed a good deal for
the Corporal of the Guard and told us if he
didn t come in a minute, he d let us pass on
his own responsibility.    But the Corporal appear-
ed and accorded permission.     Further on, on
the darkening sand we passed another with
even less demur.   Upstairs in Captain
Dan Miller s room, we found our friends and
presently adjourned down-stairs to supper,
in a queer sort of hall, open at one end, down
which a sufficiently long table extended.  The
captain presided and the corps showed very
pleasantly, their goodwill and hospitality to us
their guests appearing conspicuous.    Up stairs
again, where I, being tired, lay down un-
booted on a buffalo-skin on the Captain s bed
and dozed for an hour.        Anon out with
Miller for a walk, visiting the different villas
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and ten
Description:Describes spending time with Captain Dan Miller of the ''Richland Rifles.''
Date:1861-01-27
Subject:Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Miller, Dan; Sullivan Island (S.C.)
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.