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	  Secession Flags.

[Gunn s sketch of flag and printed image]

big.    The tall editor was quite anxious that
this error should be remedied, so that it should
be the first flag of the  independent state of South
Carolina.   He talked, too, to me, of issuing some
Southern coin, in token of the Confederate States
assuming all the rights of sovereignty.    Indeed his
ingenuous delight and profound faith in what
he considered the triumphant accomplishment and
vindication of Southern nationality affected me,
even then, with a sort of pity and dread of what
might come.     The Arsenal grounds looked
very pleasant in the sunlight.     We met three
officers in command, who invited us into the
room where Major Humphrey (now hunting
in the everglades of Florida) had entertained
us, and did the like, giving us a collation
with wine, ale and spirits.   It was on this
and not on the former occasion that the old
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Regarding South Carolina's new state flag.
Date:1861-01-29
Subject:Carlyle; Flags; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Humphrey, Major; Secession
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston], South Carolina; Florida
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.