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	Brigham.          Buckstone alias
all through,  said he,  and stuck to it.    The
inquisition over, he was asked who he supposed
was the correspondent of the Tribune?      He des-
cribed a man he had seen first in New York, then
in Charleston.     The very man I suspected!  said
his examiner, asking Brigham s aid to detect
the culprit!    When he was set free, the lawyer
put his broad hand on his shoulder, with,  If
you have deceived me   !  a threat so weighty
that it broke down in utterance.     Brigham had
a flask or bottle full of brandy and drank all of
its contents, which tasted like water to his palate,
such was the pent-up excitement produced by his
tremendous peril.       He got a reminder of it at
the first station at which the railroad train
stopped, but extricated himself with characteristic
shrewdness and journeyed on, to the North and
safety.     Subsequently making yet another attempt
to go South he only saved himself by getting off
the steamer at Fortress Monroe, a man who had
denounced him to the Vigilance Committee being on
board, who with the rest were not permitted to
land.   This, I think, was just before Sumter s
bombardment.       Brigham knew Buckstone
or Ramsay and confirmed my estimate of that
young fellow.  He took up the task when Brig-
ham got sent away and stayed till the 
attack on Major Anderson and his men.  Buck-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page seventy-four
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.; Civil War; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone); Vigilance committees
Coverage (City/State):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.