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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 68, January 12, 1861

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Identifier: DX01455336

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 68, January 12, 1861

Description: Describes precautions he takes as a correspondent of the New York Evening Post.



Posting Letters. Turkey Buzzards.

[reso]nant with gossip. This I would saunter across very leisurely and so along the piazza, exchanging my lazy pace at the corner of the huge hotel for a rapid walk. I seldom ventured to confide my letters to the box on the hotel counter, for transmission to the mail, as I was pretty sure that some, if not all of the clerks were members of the Vigilance Committee, and the box was open to everybody’s scrutiny. Diving down a side street, then, I struck off through the less frequented thorough-fares towards the post-office, hearing St Michael chimes playing all the time and encountering scarcely anybody except a policeman or stray pedestrian. Generally I emerged on the market, either crossing it or pursuing its deserted hall for a block or two, commonly varying my track in some minor particulars. I have a very lively recollection of the black dank aspect of these empty down-town streets of a rainy night, of the churchyard in front of which Calhoun lies buried, and of East Bay. By the way this market is all alive of a Saturday night with negroes buying and selling, and at early morning it presents a curious spectacle, the turkey-buzzards, the only scavengers of the city sitting in rows on its eaves and roof and on

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-01-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: African Americans
Charleston (S.C.)
Civil War, 1861-1865


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