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  x This man s name was Hall and he was Keeper of an Insane
Asylum at Milledgeville, Georgia.  He had lost an eye, and exhibited
a cicatrice on his cheek, both being effected by a tumbler thrown at him
in a row over a dinner-table.
of perhaps eight and twenty, a Georgian who
had once shot a man in a duel and enjoyed
the repuration of being a  desperate  fellow.x  Very
soon I was in possession of what had occur-
red.     St Clair Morgan, inspired, I suppose
by his wrong-headed, aggressive conceit, had fast-
ened a quarrel on Colt, abusing him as a  Yan-
kee,  charging him with being the Charleston cor-
respondent of the N.Y. Tribune and finally struck
him in the face with his glove, when Colt
pitched into and incontinently gave him a tre-
mendous thrashing, almost in front of the bar
of the hotel, with half a hundred spectators
looking on.   Colt told me, afterwards, that 
his hand was twice on the haft of a murderous-
looking Sicilian knife which he always carried
(he had been in Italy, selling arms to Gari-
baldi) while he had the Tennessean beneath
him; South Carolinian duello etiquette would have
justified him in using it.           The New Yorker
told this story with much excitement, appealing
to the Georgian for corroboration and evidently
momentarily expecting the advent of his recent
insulter, armed.             Presently the Georgian work-
ed himself up into a similar state of feeling
and championship of Colt, and went off to get
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page fifteen
Description:Describes the outcome of a conflict between A.H. Colt and Woodward, turning into a dispute between Colt and St. Clair Morgan.
Date:1861-01-01
Subject:Colt, Amos H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall; Journalism; Morgan, St. Clair M.; New York tribune.
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Milledgeville, Georgia; Italy
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.