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	A Northern  Dough-Face. 
of over a years residence in Charleston, had be-
come prominent during Convention time, last spring,
by his officious courtesey to the press representatives;
I believe he devoted a room in the rear of his
store to their accommodation; it was known as
the  head-quarters.         He affected ultra-Southern
sentiments and when I was first introduced to him,
I thought him the most odious Charlestonian I
had encountered.   Just before the passage of the
ordinance of Secession, he presented Keitt with a
rifled cane and was duly glorified in conse-
quence in one of foolish Frank Wood s letters to
the World.         Dodge sold cockades, Yankee inven-
tions, anything to turn a penny by.     He was a
member of an artillery company, affected a glazed
French cap with crossed gilt cannon on it and I
remember on Wood and my dropping in upon him
and inviting him out to drink, I think aft on
the day of the discovery of Anderson s occupation
of Fort Sumter, he assumed the rampantly belli-
gerent.   No by G_d, he was going to wait there
under order! he might be wanted!          Well, this
fellow, some time back had got property of some
Northern man s, in the shape of some patent ar-
ticle, to the amount of $100 or $200, and wish-
ing to defraud, denounced his creditor to the Vigi-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page seventy-two
Description:Regarding a Northern man residing in Charleston named W.E. Dodge.
Date:1861-01-13
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Dodge, W.E.; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keitt, Lawrence M.; New York world.; Secession; Vigilance committees; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-11

 

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.