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             How the Southerners treated Him.
lance Committee hoping to  run the man out of the
City.      Woodward being applied to on the subject,
insisted that no hasty action should be taken; so
they waited upon the man at the Charleston hotel,
questioned him and examined his baggage.    He
was very much scared, though proved perfectly in-
nocent of being an abolitionist and pronounced so.
This groundless accusation incited suspicion against
the denouncer, so the Vigilants visited him.      They
told him that they knew all his kinsfolk and ante-
cedents were at the north, his wife living at New-
burgh on the Hudson, that they might therefore be
justified in distrusting his ultra Southern profess-
sions, inquiring if he was prepared to fight for the
South.     Yes by G_d, he was,  he said produ-
cing a gun or rifle,  he had brought that on pur-
pose   he d fight against his own brother or father
in such a cause.      That rather disgusted them,
but it served his turn for a time.        Subsequent to
the attack on the Star of the West he bragged so
offensively that the shrewd Charlestonians resolved
to give him a taste of soldiering.     So he was or-
dered with others of his corps to Fort Moultrie, to
do duty there.     He grumbled ad made all sorts of
excuses to return to the city, made something like
an attempt to desert and finally while making a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page seventy-three
Description:Regarding a Northern man residing in Charleston named W.E. Dodge.
Date:1861-01-13
Subject:Abolition; Firearms; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Star of the West (Ship); Vigilance committees; Woodward (Charleston)
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.