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              Of his Southern Sojourn.
wards from Babbage in London, in 1863.  W.W. worked at his cannon
  in the bombardment, like the others.)
there kept him company in subsequent walks
about the city.        Will likes the Southerners
none the less for his lengthy sojourn among
them.     When he returned to Charleston, he
lived with Babbage and the bachelor junta, until 
the period of his enlistment in the Marion
Artillery, the company to which the Murdochs
belong.    Will declares that he signed no papers,
&c., that the whole thing was a mere ama-
teur business; the regiment a crack one, which
spent no end of dollars on wines and spirits.
Of course he witnessed the bombardment of 
Sumter, and pronounces it a magnificent
spectacle.   He was on Morris Island, went
hither and thither from one battery to the
other, making sketches. I got from him an
account of the siege from a decidedly South
Carolinian point of view.    There were but 400
men engaged in the  rebel  batteries; they fired
well as did Anderson.        At Charleston the
day was like a Fourth of July, ladies in their
gay summer dresses crowding the Battery, to
witness the spectacle through opera-glasses, un-
till the rain drove them away.         Anderson s
pluck rendered him immensely popular; he would,
says Waud, have been borne in triumph upon
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Relates Will Waud's tale of the time he spent in the South.
Date:1861-06-12
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Babbage, George; Civil War; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Morris Island (S.C.); Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Charleston, South Carolina
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.