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            Charleston Acquaintances.
Rejoining Colt again, either at the hotel
or at Adam s Express office, we had some
pistol practice in company with Lindsay and
presently, I think, with Frank Wood, in a large
upper room, at the top of the building.   After
dinner I was out again with folks and intro-
duced to the President of the Vigilance Committee,
who jocularly took me by the beard and told
me that he knew all about me, what I had come
to Charleston for   that he had been informed
as to these particulars within two hours o fmy
arrival(!)   He was a square-set man, with an
unpleasant face, rather Irish in character.
In the afternoon, I went with Carlyle, Colt
and a certain St. Clair M. Morgan, a Ten-
nessean to the Arsenal, riding thither in Mor-
gan s carriage.        He was a young fellow, w
very jerky-minded, burning to display his mili-
tary knowledge; I think he had studied at
West Point.       He antagonized with Colt; the
latter, though assuming great candor and good-
will never being able to resist the temptation of
advancing unfavorable views of the South and 
Secession.     Morgan, like us, was staying at the
Charleston Hotel, he owned a negro whom he
used to order about not a little.     I remember
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page nine
Description:Describes the events of New Years Day.
Date:1861-01-01
Subject:Carlyle; Colt, Amos H.; Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lindsay; Morgan, St. Clair M.; Secession; Slavery; Vigilance committees; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.