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		The Confederate privateer Petrel, formerly the
United States  revenue cutter Aiken, ran out of Charleston harbour
and fired into the Federal frigate St Lawrence, under the impression
that she was a merchant vessel.  The St Lawrence returned the
fire with a broadside which sunk the Petrel.  All but five of her
crew were rescued by the frigate.  It is stated that the privateer
was cut in two by the broadside.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the sinking of the ship Petrel, formerly the Aiken.
Subject:Aiken (Ship); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; St. Lawrence (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

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.