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        Captain Coste  suspicious  Frank Wood.
bly worthy of his paternity.     His father, by the
bye, was in Paris, acting and correspondent to the
Charleston  Mercury.   Young Vitriol had come
from Alabama, the state of his adoption, to of-
fer his services, to South Carolina in the holy
cause of Secession, concerning which he was ram-
pant.     He had a good manner and address, was
a land surveyor or engineer by profession and
evidently considered his parentage as conferring
merited distinction upon him.       With Carlyle
we went up to the Mills House, where were many
persons to whom Mitchel and myself were intro-
duced and a good deal of drinking done.        We
journeyed to and fro from the hotel hall to
the bar room, along the shady quadrangle three
or four times.    Captain Coste was there, looking
more terrier-like than ever, a little drunk and
disposed to be suspicious of Frank Wood, for when
that young man s name was mentioned he inquired
 Why he wasn t around with folks? &c.   I told
him what Wood had informed me, that he intended
visiting some Charleston friends that evening, on
which he repeated with drunken pertinacity,  He
ain t gone to see no friends!      There had been
some previous talk about Wood in connection with
the  World  which every day was becoming more ini-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page twenty-six
Description:Mentions Captain Coste's suspicions of Frank Wood.
Date:1861-01-04
Subject:Carlyle; Charleston mercury.; Coste, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mitchel, John; Mitchel, John, Jr.; New York world.; Secession; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Alabama
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.