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	The Lynching of an Abolitionist.

[photograph of men in front of the Mills House]

left the Mills House,
of a dreary, dark
showery night and
at the suggestion of
the former we must
needs go have some
oysters at a place
in the same street
on the other side of
the way, some dis-
tance nearer to
the Charleston Ho-
(The Mills House Charleston S. C.)    tel.   Here and
subsequent, young Mitchel fell to talking about
abolitionists, asserting that he had assisted in lynch-
ing one, in a certain county in Alabama, but two
weeks ago.  And  he said,  I m not ashamed to say
that I pulled at the rope.            I render myself amena-
ble to the law by the admission, for as it was done
by the Vigilance Committee, of which I am a member,
it was, of course, illegal.           But I am confiding it
to gentlemen and men of honor!     This boy with
his frail arms no thicker than a rabbit s legs,
which I could have snapped by a vigorous twist
of the wrist, to be talking thus!    I inquired parti-
culars.        The man was murdered as an insti-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page twenty-eight
Description:Regarding John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist.
Subject:Abolition; Carlyle; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mills House (Charleston, S.C.); Mitchel, John, Jr.; Vigilance committees
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Alabama
Scan Date:2010-05-07


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.