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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 21, January 1-4, 1861

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Identifier: DX01433311

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 21, January 1-4, 1861

Description: Describes a trip to Sullivan's Island.



Forts Sumtner & Moultrie.

scene, for the Zouave troop garrisoning it ran round the fort to the wharf in a brisk trot peculiar to their corps, while others formed in free and easy style, musket in hand and talked with acquaintances on board the Osiris. On we steamed again, getting a near view of Fort Sumter, with its defiant stars and stripes steaming in the breeze of the bright, glad, sunny morning. [William B.] Carlyle pointed out the localities to me, the distant lines of sandy shore, the groves and palmetto trees. Disembarking at length at Sullivan’s island, we must, of course, first of all take a preliminary drink. Then Carlyle borrowed a telescope and we looked at the sand-scape and bay, anon trudging through the village of Moultrieville in land. All around us was hot, sunny and sandy, the queer wooden houses quite deserted, sand choking their yards and gardens and spiky plants menacing you over the pales. Arrived at Fort Moultrie, we found a couple of young fellows with crossed muskets and bayonets on guard at the entrance and many volunteers and idlers looking on. Carlyle wouldn’t try to obtain admission, so we passed into an opposite field, the gate of which was kept by two young men

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-01-01

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Flags
Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.)
Armed Forces
Charleston (S.C.)
Civil War, 1861-1865


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