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	The Floating Battery.
negro described on page 4 of this volume ap-
peared; their similarity induced the error.   At
4 P. M. we turned out to see some very mis-
cellaneously dressed recruits drilled in an inner
square.         About 5 we left, parting at Coming
Street.            Joined Waud at the supper-table.
Out together afterwards, to a newsvendor s, to
the Express Office, and to the Pavilion Hotel,
to which Lindsay had moved from the Charles-
ton, in company with an adopted sister, who
joined him at Savannah. (?)   We found them in
a neat room with a cheery fire, played euchre,
smoked cigars and drank whiskey.   She appear-
ed a pleasant Newhaven girl, entirely new, to
the South, friendly and vivacious.x  At 10   we
returned to our hotel and to bed.
  30.  Wednesday.   With Marchant to the foot
of Hazel Street to see the floating Battery there
constructing for the projected attack on Fort Sum-
ter.       A bright, sunny, cool day, negroes and
carpenters at work.       Surveyed the work, visit-
ed a cotton press in operation returned to hotel
and wrote a letter to the Post.        I was turning
out as usual to mail it, having not a minute
to spare, when just as I was diving down Hayne
Street, at the hotel corner, Carlyle saw me and
    x She was his mistress, another man s wife, according to W. Waud.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Mentions seeing the construction of the floating battery.
Date:1861-01-29
Subject:Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Lindsay; Marchant; Military; New York evening post.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; Savannah, [Georgia]
Coverage (Street):Coming Street; Hayne Street; Hazel 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.