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	Foster s Gossip about
the story attributing intoxication to Anderson at
a dinner party, on the eve of the evacuation of
Moultrie, Foster stated that he had himself
given a party at a house temporarily rented
by him on Sullivan s Island; when he had
got rather inebriated.    He was willing to al-
low me to infer that this was part of the secret
plan, though I question it; for I noticed a
rather prominent wish to arrogate the credit of
this and other matters to himself, at the expense
of Anderson and his brother officers.     The Ma-
jor, he said, suggested the plan to him, and he
(Foster) alone saw to effecting it.  It was kept
secret from the men until the last moment.  Foster
spiked the guns.      I asked him why he
did not do it more effectually, using a rat-
tailed file and breaking it off, or ramming a
cannon-ball down the barrels; when he re-
plied that the intention was only to prevent
the guns looking towards Sumter being used 
to stop the evacuation of Moultrie.  He con-
demned the burning of the gun-carriages.   The
letter from an officer s wife, describing her
apprehensions in Moultrie, first printed in
the  Post, x was written by Mrs. Doubleday.  Foster
disapproved of that.            In effecting the
	Page 151. Vol 16.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page eight
Description:Describes a conversation with Captain J.G. Foster about the evacuation of Fort Moultrie for Fort Sumter.
Date:1861-06-15
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Civil War; Doubleday, Abner, Mrs.; Drunkenness; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Foster, John G.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; New York evening post.; Sullivan Island (S.C.)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Charleston, South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.