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	At the Telegraph Office

[newspaper clipping continued]
nor Pickens, stating that he was advised from
Washington, though Lieutenant Hall, of coming
reinforcements, and that in the event of their mo-
lestation on the part of South Carolina troops, he
should be reluctantly compelled to open fire upon
them.  At present few condemn the Major; he
is considered as an honorable man of southern pro-
clivities, placed by circumstances in a false position,
which leaves him no alternative but his present
course.  I do not share this opinion of his char-
acter.
  I think that if Fort Sumter be attacked it will
stand a tremendous siege, and that then Major An-
derson must be reinforced with a vengeance.
		               

[Gunn s diary continued]
			timore, who dealt in
			 Super-Phosphate  as a 
			manure, which he adver-
			tised extensively in the
			Southern papers.  I had
			met him over a month
			ago, in Charleston, to
which he had just returned from a journey fur-
ther South.    We three dropped into the Tele-
graph Office, where were Lavine, Beecher and
others.    Presently there entered Colonel Lucas,
another aid to the Governor and General Dar-
lington.    The second of these was the officer
who had accompanied Lieutenant Hall to Fort
Sumter, on a recent return from Washington, and
he gave an interesting account of the appearance
of the garrison, which as I have used it in
a letter to the  Post, x need not be inserted here.
Among other things he remarked that Anderson
 looked like an eagle   he had never seen such
an eye and nose in (or on) a man s face.   An-
derson welcomed Hall, inquiring how he would
relish their hard fare after the luxuries of
Washington.      The narrator, not a very
	                  
		x Page 168.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Includes a newspaper clipping written by Gunn for the ''Evening Post'' concerning pre-war events and attitudes in Charleston.
Date:1861-02-10
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Beecher; Civil War; Darlington; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Lieutenant; Lavine; Lucas, Colonel; New York evening post.; Rhodes
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston], South Carolina; Washington, [District of Columbia]
Scan Date:2010-05-20

 

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.