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     Ripley s Antecedents.  Speculations.
at West Point, behaved with bravery in the
Mexican war, written a good history of it, very
eulogistic of General Wool; gone to England
and Russia as agent for Sharpe s rifles during
the Crimean war, started a newspaper in
Baltimore, in which a good deal of somebody s
(not Ripley s) money had been sunk and
then gone to Charleston, to look out for chances.
Add to this that Ripley had a Baltimore wife,
who didn t play Lucretia during his absence in
Europe or afterwards (which Colt spoke of
at Charleston and which Foster confirmed)
and that s all I gathered of him.         Foster
thinks highly of Beauregard s military efficiency,
believes the South is better-officered than the
North, and condemns, by wholesale, the appoint-
ment of  politicians  to command of troops.    He
thinks furthermore that the North may have
the worst of it at the beginning.           When
we got up to the city, there was a Southern pri-
vateer,  No 1,    the first under Jeff Davis  letters
of marque   called the Savannah, from Char-
leston, with the Southern Confederacy flag
flying, below the Stars and Stripes; in token
of her being a prize.              In-doors all the
hot, midsummery evening, which closed in a 
grand thunderstorm.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page ten
Description:Describes a conversation with Captain J.G. Foster about R.S. Ripley.
Subject:Beauregard, P.G.T.; Civil War; Colt, Amos H.; Foster, John G.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Ripley, R.S.; Wool, John Ellis
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Baltimore, [Maryland]; Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-06-08


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.