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	       Charleston Races.
for the inevitable drinks, we were joined next
door by Beecher, Bryan, Lavine and Heiss
  the latter recently returned from Augusta,
Georgia.   Talk, chaff and story-telling for half-
an-hour, then most of us journeyed up-town to
the hotel together, and of course to the bar, where
was W. Waud.         To bed by midnight.
  6.  Wednesday.   Hither and thither with Ram-
say, till Carlyle appeared in a carriage, into
which we stepped forthwith and bowled away to
the Races, a young Cadet from the citadel
completing our party.   The morning was lovely,
the air pure, cool and sweet.             Arrived at the
race-course, of course a circular one, a mile 
round with a handsome wooden stand for
ladies and subscribers, we abandoned our car-
riage to its negro-driver, strolled about among
the horses and equipages, and presently into
the upper room of a spacious two-story building
where I counted seven gambling-tables, mostly
faro.    Below was a bar-room.       Both rooms
had plenty of patrons.     Saw W. Waud, Mar-
chant and others, strolling about.    The day hot
in the sun, cool out of it.             We saw the race
from the top of our carriage, only Carlyle ob-
taining admission to the stand.      Returning to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and forty-one
Description:Describes a day spent at the horse races.
Date:1861-02-05
Subject:Beecher; Bryan; Carlyle; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heiss; Lavine; Marchant; Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone); Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; Augusta, Georgia
Scan Date:2010-05-20

 

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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.