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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 48, January 9, 1861

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Identifier: DX01447796

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 48, January 9, 1861

Description: Describes the scene in Charleston the day the Star of the West was fired upon by the Morris Island battery.



“The Star of the West” fired on.

9. Wednesday. Another day of interest and excitement in Charleston. The “Star of the West” steamer, sent with reinforcements to Fort Sumter and Major [Robert] Anderson, is fired into by the Morris Island battery. I heard of it, first, from Lindsay at the Express office; not knowing of course, then, that [A.C.] Hills of the “Evening Post” was on board. (He wrote a good account of it on his return, which sold the copy of the paper in which it was printed immensely.) From the Express, I went to the “Courier office,” finding a crowd (for Charleston) round both the bulletin-boards of that and the “Mercury” and considerable excitement. The latter stated that the steamer was “badly hulled,” that she might have to run a-shore when a land-battle must be imminent and more, which the result contradicted. At the “Courier” Office, which I found temporarily untenanted, I wrote a hasty note to the “Evening Post,” on [William] Carlyle’s desk, in pencil, using editorial paper, and then rushed over the way and mailed it. Returning, Bird came in shortly afterwards. Up-town anon. A crowd thronging round an officer carrying a flag of truce from Fort Sumter, — I followed. At the Express Office, almost opposite the house of Governor

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1861-01-09

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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