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  At Charleston I put up at the Charleston Hotel,
arriving in the evening of the 26th December.  I
made no effort until the morning to see Gen. Ripley,
who I found was boarding at the same house.  At
10 o clock I took a carriage and was conveyed to his
office, near the ruins of the late fire, and was
ushered into an ante-room thereof, until a messenger
could take my card and Lieut. Huger s note to Gen.
Ripley.  The messenger brought back word that
the General would pay no attention to my ap-
plication, and my heart sank within me.  The
messenger seemed to sympathize with me in my 
affliction, knowing I had come a great distance to see
my son.
  I returned to the hotel and waited until I could
get an opportunity of meeting Gen. Ripley, as he
would be leaving the dining-room from dinner, he
having been pointed out to me by one of the attend-
ants of the house.  I succeeded in a moment s inter-
view with him, which resulted in the most painful
disappointment.  His manner was repulsive and
haughty in the extreme, and he would but barely
glance at Lieut. Huger s letter, and informed me
that if I had anything for the prisoners I should take
them to the Quartermaster s Department, and very
abruptly left me.  Several of the lady boarders
overhead the brief interview, and immediately sum-
moned their husbands to go in quest of such aid as
would secure me a meeting with my son at the Jail.
To these kind friends Lowe a world of gratitude for
their solicitude and generous assistance.  One of
them, Mr. James McCarty, went to the General s 
office and procured a pass for me into the Jail, and
also brought to me the minister of the church, to
whom I had a letter.  In short, I was from that mo-
ment taken in charge by the kindest and best of
Christian friends.
  I would rather have thrown a veil over the short-
comings of Gen. Ripley, for he was the only indi-
vidual who caused me to feel an utter destitution
throughout the whole of my journey.
  Nor would I now speak of my journey thus pub-
licly were it not that I would correct the misappre-
hensions into which your statements might lead some
persons.
  I would add that Gen. Ripley (as I learned before
I left Charleston) is an Ohio man, having married a
rich Southern lady; and that his strained zeal in the
cause of the Southern rebellion is particularly no-
ticed and remarked of by those who proclaim him un-
popular in Charleston.        MRS. I. W. INGERSOLL.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding a woman's meeting with General R. S. Ripley.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Huger, Lieutenant; Ingersoll, I.W., Mrs.; McCarty, James; Prisoners of war (Union); Ripley, R.S.
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.