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        The Doings in Charleston Harbor.
transmission of the men to Sumter, in one of
the passages, their boat almost touched the
General Clinch, one of the little Charleston
night-cruising steamers; when, in apprehen-
sion of molestation, Foster was for firing
upon her, and had hot words with an officer
 whom he would not name,  in consequence.  A-
gain he professed disappointment and dis-
satisfaction at Fort Sumter s not having open-
ed fire on the  rebels,  on the attack upon the 
 Star of the West.    He prayed, he said, that
a string might be accidentally pulled.     It
only needed a word, but that word was not
given!       Why wasn t it?  I asked.   He
shrugged his shoulders with,  I say nothing! 
He was, first, for fighting it out in Moultrie.
 You couldn t have held it,  I said.     Not un-
less we had been relieved;   we should all have
been sacrificed, but    &c. &c.      I believe he
did injustice to the Carolinians there; indeed
he was generally bitter against them.     He had
lived down-South; been a  Southern rights 
man, politically.       Ripley he knew well enough;
had seen him after the bombardment of Sum-
ter; pronounced him a mere Soldier of For-
tune, and told me his history.     He was a 
New Yorker, had received his military education
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page nine
Description:Describes a conversation with Captain J.G. Foster about the evacuation of Fort Moultrie for Fort Sumter.
Date:1861-06-15
Subject:Civil War; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Foster, John G.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Ripley, R.S.; Star of the West (Ship)
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.