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               The  Calhoun Guards 
McElrath finds some difficulty in carrying
on and that Lieutenant Bartlett (who challen-
ged Stedman about the Diamond Wedding busi-
ness) does the Army and Navy intelligence.
Also that Boweryem visited Billington last
Sunday, who read to him  a very poor poem
and a longer one about a girdled tree.   Wrote
to Boweryem in reply.   Was summoned by
Carlyle and Bryan to go to the arsenal, now
occupied by the Calhoun Guard, riding part
of the way in an omnibus.     We met Captain
Jack Cunningham near the building.      Being
admitted to the inner portion we went up a
winding staircase to a room where was a table
with a demi-john of brandy, another of Bour-
bon whiskey and glasses upon it, arms and
accoutrements and two or three volunteers
of the  Calhoun Guard  on flock beds on the 
floor.      We got a hearty, not to say uproarous
welcome from them.       Others of the corps were
summoned, among them a huge, good-humor-
ed rather chuckle-headed fellow, very nearly
seven feet high, whom they chaffed and slap-
ped on the back and denominated, I know not
why a  baby-waker.   I may observe inciden-
tally that Carolinians are generally above
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Describes a letter from George Boweryem.
Date:1861-02-01
Subject:Bartlett, Lieutenant; Billington; Boweryem, George; Bryan; Carlyle; Cunningham, Jack; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McElrath; Military; Stedman, Edmund Clarence
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; [New York, New York]
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.