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	A Special Privilege!
cried  O! Gunn!  in recognition.   He accom-
panied me to the post-office, more leisurely
than I intended, volunteering to secure the trans-
mission of my letter, which he accomplished
by getting the postmaster to re-open the mail-
bag which had been closed!   Little did my
tall friend imagine that he had assisted in
expediting a letter to a  black-republican  paper,
one only less detested because less violent than
the N. Y. Tribune.      To the Courier office, then
up town together.     W. Waud away to-night,
sleeping at Babbage s.                I got the par-
ticulars of the extemporized review described
in the following letter from Waud; he witnessed 
it on the evening of his return to Sullivan s island.

[newspaper clipping: first column]
	{From an Occasional Correspondent.}
The Revolution Progressing Fort Sumter to be
  Taken Preparations for War Description of the
  Floating Batteries Uneasiness in Charleston An
  Episode.
	CHARLESTON, S. C., January 30, 1861.
  I wish that the revolution bore as pleasant and
promising an aspect as the weather, and were as
certain of producing beneficial results to the com-
munity.  It does not pause; it is progressing hour-
ly.  Conducted as things are here with marvellous
reticence (as I have previously had occasion to ob-
serve), not a day elapses without producing some
evidence of preparation for what is now universally
regarded as the great necessity of the crisis an
attack upon Fort Sumter.  Few persons in Charles-
ton at the present time believe that this will be de-
layed one day longer than the completion of these
preparations, or would wish it to be so.  A latent,
unwilling conviction of Major Anderson s unabated
pluck and loyalty are questioned, rather from hope
than expectation, has become universal.   We
shall have trouble, but the fort must be taken,  is
the unanimous opinion.

[newspaper clipping: second column
  I spoke in my last at some length of the prepara-
tions at the forts in the harbor, and incidentally of
the construction of floating batteries.  One of these
lies in the East Bay, at the Palmetto wharf, not far
from the foot of Hazel street, where, this afternoon,
I visited it.  Here is the result of my observations:
  It will consist of a huge platform of pine beams,
about fourteen inches square, powerfully framed
and bolted together and adapted to float upon the
water.  At one end thick planks of the same mate-
rial and similarly fastened, stretch upwards and
outwards for about twenty feet, at an angle of per-
haps seventy degrees, met at the top by a sharper
and shorter one, from the summit of which a bomb-
proof roof will slope to the rear of the platform,
joining another short projecting angle enclosing the
battery on that quarter.
  The taller end, faced exteriorly with three or four
thicknesses of railroad iron, and provided on the
inside with a lining of sand-bags or cotton-bales, is
intended for the receipt of four cannon, forty-two
pounders, protruding from orifices cut for that pur-
pose.  Towed down Fort Sumter, anchoring al-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Includes a newspaper clipping written by Gunn for the ''Evening Post'' concerning pre-war events and attitudes in Charleston.
Date:1861-01-30
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Babbage, George; Carlyle; Civil War; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; New York evening post.; New York tribune.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina
Coverage (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.