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          Dodge insulted and cold-shouldred.
drunken speech from the top of a barrel, stumb-
led and broke his arm or wrist.         I am not sure
but that the head was stove in by one of his au-
dience.    So they sent him to the city, when other
questionable things began to turn up in his dis-
favor.      He was known to be addicted to dabbling
in correspondence with Northern papers, had writ-
ten to a Newburgh one, it was asserted, with some
show of evidence, to the Tribune.    All of these
details were, this Sunday afternoon, talked over
in the Express office, a bearded Vigilant telling
how he had visited Dodge and summed up his
character for him, declaring that he believed him
to be too mean to live, at which Dodge wept
cowardly tears.        The fellow came in while we
were talking with his arm in a sling and
got the faintest of greetings and the coldest of
shoulders turned towards him.   He had furtive
false-looking eyes and a foxyish half-dyed
beard.     He took himself off very soon and there
was talk of his returning north, as he did sub-
sequently to brag of his devotion to the Union.
Left at 4, going off to Laurens Street to
visit the friendly Kynaston who lived at a queer
little house stre on a sort of wharf, stretching
along the river side.    I found him dozing by
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page seventy-four
Description:Regarding a Northern man residing in Charleston named W.E. Dodge.
Date:1861-01-13
Subject:Dodge, W.E.; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kynaston; New York tribune.; Vigilance committees
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Coverage (Street):Laurens Street
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.