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	   Story about Tarleton.
king friends with me by proferring a tiny hand to shake.
Drayton went with us.     Returning the talk
was to the last degree dreary, all anti-North
and pro-Slavery.       Carlyle vented the rational
assertion that any  Yankee  would prostitute
his wife for $5 or $10, according to the depth
of the bidder s purse!    A good story was
told however by Drayton concerning his grand-
father and Colonel Tarleton, the celebrated roya-
list general, during the revolution.   Tarleton
occupied a country mansion adjacent to the other s
grounds, when the British held this portion of
South Carolina, and permitted his horses to stray
thither, inflicting damage on crops of the sturdy colo-
nist, who sent him word that in the event of
it being persisted in, he, Drayton, would mu-
tilate them.      Tarleton disregarding this, the
Carolinian cut off the tail of a splendid char-
ger and then, knowing that the Tory colonel
would be furiously bent on revenge, rode hot
foot to Charleston, to a house now existing
in a most picturesque, tumble-down condition
on Broad Street, not far from its junction.
with Meeting.     In this house Drayton lived
and possessing no arms and momentarily ex-
pecting the arrival of Tarleton, he made the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Describes the return to Charleston after a visit to Colonel Bull's house.
Date:1861-02-13
Subject:Bull, Becky; Carlyle; Children; Drayton; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Slavery; Tarleton, Lieutenant-General (Banastre)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina
Coverage (Street):Broad Street; Meeting
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.