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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 186, December 25-27, 1860

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Identifier: DX01395567

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 186, December 25-27, 1860

Description: Mentions that Major Anderson has gone to Fort Sumter.



Major [Robert] Anderson in Sumter.

and thought what if I lay down on the bed, put the loaded revolver I had to my ear and pulled the trigger! Of course I was no such ass, but I thought it badly, for awhile.

When the bell rang (or rather when the gong sounded) I went down-stairs to supper, found [Amos] Colt afterwards and kept him company during the rest of the evening. I believe we went again to see the “minstrels” and so ended my Christmas Day.

26. Wednesday. Finishing letter. [Frank] Wood came again and dined with me, at my invitation. About with Colt, I think to St Andrews Hall, which the Secession convention had just quitted, on the close of their day’s labors. A colonial-looking interior, with a full length portrait of the Queen in it, and other portraits, the Pinckneys, Moultries & others of Carolinian history.

27. Thursday. This morning, early, there came to Colt’s chamber-door, as he subsequently informed me, a certain acquaintance of his, one Major [R.S.] Ripley who announced a fact which had set all Charleston frantic in the words: “By G__ Bob’s got ‘em, now! He’s in Sumter and all h__l can’t get him out!” In other words Major Anderson, had last night

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1860-12-25

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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