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	    O Brien shoots a Man.
the soldiers.     They may hang him!  adds
Bellew.      I am pretty sure they will do no
such thing, albeit he may deserve it; only
unlettered homicides are executed in this demo-
critic city; though seeing what the man s
life is, I don t think I should affect to sen-
timentalize if the Baron of Inchiquin were
induced with the order of the halter.  However
as blowing a hole with a pistol-bullet through
the stomach of an Irishman, even by another
and by a  literary man,  is hardly a recog-
nized privilege,  Captain  O Brien may
expiate the indulgence of his humane Celtic
temper between four stone walls for a year
or two.    The deed occurred on Friday night,
and Bellew reports that the soldier cannot
survive this one.    He says the man was a 
private in the regiment.     I had learnt
previously, from Haney, that O Brien was
in the city on that day, endeavoring to bor-
row money in anticipation of his pay, in
which he only succeeded to the extent of $5.
At Haney s expense.       A bad investment,
I take it.            Bellew got the story first from
Mullen.   Raymond, also of the regiment,
regretted O Brien s act, but said he antici-
pated he might have found it compulsory
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page forty-three
Description:Regarding the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination.
Date:1861-11-03
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Civil War; Davenport, Sergeant; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Irish; Military; Mullen, Edward F.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Raymond (acquaintance)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.