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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 140, February 4-5, 1861

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Identifier: DX01490053

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 140, February 4-5, 1861

Description: Mentions another slave auction in which a woman named Laura was sold for $12.



Another Slave-Sale.

can “newspapers in the enemy’s citadel, each looking among the exchanges for our own work. After half-an-hour, [William] Carlyle returned. We went out with him, took drinks and parted, he to his sanctum again, we to our hotel. I found [William] Waud (who had also been to the minstrels’ entertainment) in his room, on ascending the four stories.

5. Tuesday. With [Russell] Ramsay to the “Mart” to see “a negro-woman named Laura” sold, “on account and risk of her former owner, she having proved unsound.” We arrived at five minutes before the hour, so strolled on into Broad street and East Bay, returning to find the people pouring out, the sale over. Laura, an oldish negress, had been sold for $12. We found her sitting on the steps between the tables or bench, conversing with two white men, and looking humble and troubled. Together to the Consulate (which Ramsay visited every day) — an half-hour with [Robert] Bunch. Returned to hotel by 1.10. Writing a letter to Hannah [Bennett] in the afternoon and evening, then with Ramsay for the usual drop-in at the “Courier” Office, where we found Carlyle, [John] Mitchell, Bird and others. Adjourning presently

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-02-04

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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