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[newspaper clipping]
  Captain John Mitchell, the eldest son of John
Mitchell, the celebrate Irish  felon,  who had recently
been appointed by the Confederate Government to the
command of Fort Sumter, was killed there on the 19th
ult. by a Federal cannon ball.  This is the second son
John Mitchell has lost in the Confederate serice.
[Gunn s handwriting]
July/64

[Gunn s diary continued]
same corridor as that upon which my room is-
sued.     At this time and subsequently, whenever
I met him, I always had a curious consciousness
of the loaded revolver in my pocket and a strong
conviction that if I were, at any time, discovered,
and he of the discoverers, I would assured-
ly put a bullet into his skull, taking especial
care of my aim in so doing.  The fanatical
faith in the damnable institution exhibited in
this lad was something appalling; he had adopt-
ed its extreme features, belief in the revival of
the Slave-trade &c., with all the perversity
of his wicked father   of whom, as I recollected
with a queer sort of satisfaction, as I walked
beside Vitriol junior in the streets of Charleston,
I once made a caricature in the  Picayune 
which was the most popular one ever produced
in that sheet, representing the ex-convict as a 
dirty and odious boy, paddling and trying to
float a wretched cock-boat   the  Citizen  (his
New York newspaper) in the black puddle of
Slavery; while Uncle Sam held his nose in dis-
gust at the proceeding.      This cut was noticed
and its words copied in innumerable newspapers.
  Apropos of J. M. junior, he told of a fight
he had been engaged in.   He had applied the term
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page thirty
Description:Regarding John Mitchel and his father.
Date:1861-01-04
Subject:Drawing; Firearms; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mitchel, John; Mitchel, John, Jr.; New York picayune.; Slavery
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.