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	Brigham   The Charleston Corres-
decisive manner; his physiognomy would 
have suited a Yorkshire attorney.   He wore a
plain suit and round-toed Balmoral boots with
soles extending a little beyond the upper leather.  This
man was, I find, the veritable Charleston cor-
respondent of the N.Y. Tribune, in Secession-time.
His connection with the paper commenced with this
job.   He went to Charleston in November   a-
bout the 20th   put up at the Planter s Hotel
contracted an intimacy with a dealer in horses,
whom he admitted, in part, to his confidence, as-
suming to become his partner.  He wrote most
of his letters in pencil, in a water-closet, directing
them one of the Tribune employe s, at  No 1 Spruce
Street.    He knew Carlyle, he and had heard
of me.   At a meeting in Institute Hall he was
present when Judge Magrath proposed that the
Charlestonians should take the forts, which threat
Brigham directly communicated to Major Anderson
then at Fort Moultrie.      Just before the evacuation
of this fortress Brigham returned to New York
there to spend his Christmas, coming back on
board the Marion, when the Charlestonians sei-
zed her.   Old Sam Whiting was then, he says
in real danger from his recoil into Unionism.
Brigham gave the steward of the vessel $20
in gold for the privilege of putting on a napkin
and waiting at table, while certain of the Caro-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page seventy-two
Description:Regarding a conversation with Brigham regarding Brigham's experience as the correspondent for ''The New York Tribune'' in Charleston, South Carolina, at the time of Secession.
Date:1862-03-23
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Brigham, William T.; Carlyle; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Magrath, A.G.; Marion (Ship); New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Whiting, Sam
Coverage (City/State):[Hampton, Virginia]; Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
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.