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             My being Tarred and Feathered!
him to prevent Wilkins paragraphing it (which it
doesn t appear as certain that he intended doing.)
Gaylor  assumed an air of brutal indifference about
it, as though implying that the maltreatment was
a small matter, particularly in my case.
However he promised to deny it.   Boweryem then
 went in search of Shepherd.   He said that Chilton
his brother-in-law had told him on Saturday what
he had repeated on Sunday.      Half a page
of the letter is devoted to talk of the excitement
of the north about secession    people are quite
reconciled to the idea of civil war,  writes Bowery-
em.                  The cock-and-bull story about myself
exasperated me not a little, as had it got into the 
New York papers it must have directed suspicion
to me in Charleston, frustrating my secret business
there.     Hence I felt grateful to my little friend
for squelching it, though I divined that he fussed
over it rather gratuitously.      Of course I did not
know whom to attribute the lie to, and it must have
had some origin.       Writing now (in May) I may
state to the best of my conviction, that it had its
birth in the artists room of the N.Y. Illustrated News,
and its paternity may be fairly divided between
Mr Alfred Waud and Mr Solomon Eytinge.    They
saw my name in the list of passengers by the Ma-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page eighty-three
Description:Regarding a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston.
Date:1861-01-18
Subject:Boweryem, George; Chilton; Civil War; Eytinge, Solomon; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marion (Ship); New York illustrated news; Secession; Shepherd, N.G.; Waud, Alfred; Wilkins, Ed. G. P.
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; New York, [New York]
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.