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             I retort Alf Waud s Incivility.
Montgomery, like many other Southern cities,
has wide streets, not tall but higgledy-piggledy
houses, interspersed with fine ones, a river   of
course   and indications of jerky enterprize,
after the New York model.   The people are jubi-
lant about its being the Southern capital.  Will
went thither to witness Jeff Davis  Inauguration.
He bids me direct Captain Waud, saying they
have dubbed him thus   possibly in consequence
of his sporting a French military cap, with a
gilt Palmetto tree upon it, which excited some
laughter in the sanctum of the Charleston  Mercury. 
  Out, to tailors, paid what I owed him, then
down-town.   To the  Illustrated N.Y. News 
office; in the  artists compartment  found Alf
Waud and Sol Eytinge.           The former s ini-
tial salutation was,  Oh!  You were not tarred
and feathered then?  almost immediately
followed by a tirade of abuse against South
Carolinians.    I answered tersely enough (having
only come about business) and not affecting any
desire attempt at or desire for conciliation, which
had a wholesome effect.    Furthermore I ex-
pressed my belief that the lynching story had
its origin in ill-will and my wish to discover
its inventor.   Sol kept scowling at his work
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Describes an encounter with Alfred Waud at the ''Illustrated New York News'' office.
Date:1861-02-21
Subject:Davis, Jefferson; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York illustrated news; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Montgomery, [Alabama]; South Carolina
Scan Date:2010-05-20

 

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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.