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	An abortive Challenge.
the affair.   (I have forgot to state that he had
become reconciled to the Express agent.)  Wood-
ward came, heard the story, was friendly and
promised that he d get Morgan arrested for debt,
if he didn t leave Charleston in consequence of
his licking.     That done he went away.    (He
was a member of the Vigilance Committee and I
could not but be conscious of the propinquity of
the letter which had been so curiously interrupt-
ed.)       The Georgian returning with his pistol,
took Colt off to take a drink and chances of
manslaughter, when I locked the door again
and went on with my letter.          I saw no
more of Colt until the evening, when, after
I had had my tea, I went to Adam s Ex-
press Office to look for him.   There he sat
on the raised platform or dais at one end of
the immense room, a navy revolver in the pocket
of his cloak, while Morgan and two or
three others were near the door.   Woodward
was not present.      A challenge had passed,
from Morgan to Colt, but after some inad-
missable manner according to the code.   Colt
professed to be ready but not to want to fight
him.        He really was anxious and not unnattural-
ly to avoid it, fancying he might be way-laid
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page seventeen
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; Hall; Morgan, St. Clair M.; Vigilance committees; 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.