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he went about swaggering with a loaded revolver
in his belt, threatening to shoot those who diso-
beyed his orders;  a dangerous man,  says
Robertson.       This Sergeant Davenport, an
Irishman, an ex-Indian soldier, O Brien
especially hated; he had menaced him repeat-
edly.              Going down to Staten Island from
New York, Robertson found himself on board
with O Brien, who, then very drunk, invited
Robertson to drink with him, which he did.
At Factoryville, Robertson was called away to
speak to one of the inhabitants of the place, and
on his arrival at the camp, the shooting of
Davenport had occurred, during the interval.
He found the Sergeant with a pistol-bullet in
his body, just above his naval.       O Brien had
demanded the man s pass &c, to which Daven-
port replied that O B. must know that he had
leave to quit the camp   they had returned on
the same boat   possibly without much pretence
of respect for his question.      Then O Brien
drew his pistol and blazed away with the
unquestionable attempt to murder, the servan
Sergeant, missing at the first fire, but not
so at the second.      The soldiers were so ex-
asperated that they would assuredly have killed
O Brien, had he remained in camp that night.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and twenty-four
Description:Describes hearing the story of how Fitz James O'Brien shot Sergeant Davenport from Robertson.
Subject:Civil War; Davenport, Sergeant; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; O'Brien, Fitz James; Robertson
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.