Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
September 1861

Richmond Daily Dispatch
September 3, 1861

Thomas Dunn English Mobbed

The Enquirer, of yesterday, has the subjoined notice of the mishaps of the author of "Ben Bolt," and other political effusions:

This gentleman was mobbed in Bergen county, New Jersey, on Friday, while on his way to speak at a peace meeting. He was severely maltreated by the Abolitionists, and, though he fought his way boldly, was with difficulty saved from assassination by the sheriff of the county. Dr. English resided in Logan county, Virginia, for several years. He represented Logan county in the Legislature several years ago, and last year he delivered the poem at the commencement of William and Mary College. He is a genial poet and eloquent speaker. Since 1855 he has resided in New Jersey.

The Enquirer, we think, is in error about Dr. English having ever been in the Virginia Legislature; he has, however, been a member of several State Democratic Conventions.

Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: September 1861

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