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                  The Voyage Northwards.
and subsequently embodied in a letter to the
 Post.         It was a squally, overcast mor-
ning, as we steamed out of Charleston Harbor,
with heavy, low-lying clouds behind Fort Sum-
ter, which presently began to discharge their
watery burthen.       I looked at the long sandy
islands, at Fort Moultrie, scarcely to be seen
for the sand-hillocks in front, at the villas
and houses, at honest Dan Miller s quarters,
and alternating with a curious sense of escape
was a mixture of regret and goodwill for
my many acquaintances, between whom and
the locality to which I was bound there
might soon lie the barrier of raging war.
But the rain drove me indoors.       Saw the
Captain, got a cabin to myself.   Dinner at
1, few present, sea-sickness prostrating the
majority.   I all right, as usual.      But sixteen
cabin passengers aboard; a cargo of cotton
and rice.        Doze during the afternoon, then
on the upper-deck.     An overcast night with
a watery, crescent moon, the horns upward
(as in the Carolinian flag, which was, of
course, commented on by the passengers) some
spits of rain, persistent lightning and pre-
sently fierce rain and heavy thunder.    To
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Describes his journey back to New York by ship from Charleston.
Date:1861-02-14
Subject:Civil War; Flags; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Miller, Dan; New York evening post.; Ocean travel; Sullivan Island (S.C.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
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.