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	      Ready for Murder.
his revolver.    It was in his wife s room, he said,
and he hated, like pison, to frighten her, but if
that son of a b___h came in his way, he reckon-
ed he d fix him.        When he had departed, Colt
lay on my bed, still excited and asked me if
I had a pistol.    I told him two; he preferred
the one patented in his own name, which lay, load-
ed and capped in my open carpet-bag on the bed.
So he took it and almost immediately there came
another pounding at the door, which I had locked.
I went out to see who it was, having my little
six-shooter in my pocket, and thinking it very
likely that Morgan and some friend had come up 
to take revenge on the New Yorker by assassina-
ting him, in which case I, who couldn t have
seen the fellow set on by numbers and murdered
in my room, had fully resolved to prevent their
entrance or to blaze away and kill as many 
as I could.    But it proved only to be a middle-
aged South Carolinian, a friendly person, who
had come up rather to sympathize with Colt
than otherwise   Colt who, raising himself on one
arm, had cocked his revolver and was  covering 
the stranger, as he entered.     The Carolinian
had his say and undertook to fetch up Wood-
ward, in whose hands Colt wished to place
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page sixteen
Description:Describes the outcome of a conflict between A.H. Colt and Woodward, turning into a dispute between Colt and St. Clair Morgan.
Subject:Colt, Amos H.; Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morgan, St. Clair M.; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston], South Carolina
Scan Date:2010-05-07


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.