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Baltimore, green hatted and wearing capes.     I know not how many companies,
 Hose,  Hook and Ladder &c  followed, with their  Engines; but for nigh upon an
hour was the procession passing.       Sturdy, well looking fellows mostly, picturesquely
clad; some blue-flannel shirted, others red, with blue underneath, or simply red,
with linen below.   Well-fitting black  panties ,  some faced to mid-leg with glazed
leather; helmets more or less curved in brim; and the wearers bearing nosegays.
Many beautifully fashioned engines and hose carriages; flags, (some trumpery ones) 
bearing a wooden eagle; and a live eagle perched on the back of one machine, and 
looking marvellously, enquiringly uncomfortable.  Trumpets and lanthorns bedecked 
flowers, and twice, small boys dressed a la fireman on the tops of engines.  /       Out
with Dillon, and through the throng to Nassau Street.     To Strongs with
block, got paid $8; thence to Wall Street, saw Holmes, got paid $7;
then to Andersons; finding Fred alone their.  Learnt that his dad was at Wash
ington, that decision was to be made ere many days be passed, that the President
had entered into a direful conspiracy against C F A &c. &c.           Left, and to Genins.
Conversing with a Mr Webb in his employ, one who has been in India, in the 
service and bivouacked in the jungle.       A Mr Barrow, fat little man, husband
to Julia Bennet, the actress, came;  I made sketch for him for hat feminine of
time of Louis le grand, for his wife.       Saw Genin, talked awhile & left.
Sangaree at Sherwoods with Dillon, then parted.       After supper out with
him again; to Leonard Street, to visit the boarding house spoken of by Mrs Kidder;
no room suitable vacant;  then to Firemans Hall, talk with young fellow, then
unsuccessful call at Dillon s relative;  then walk back to Duane, sitting by
the way a good hour at Saint John s park talking about home.  /       Bye the
bye,  in the afternoon, we encountered the procession, after leaving  and the
eagle looked decidedly sea-sick.
  10. Tuesday. Made a little fairy-initial sketck &c took it to Strongs.  Thence
to Butlers, where I found him saddened at the recent death of his younger child.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes a parade of firemen.
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Bennet, Julia; Birds; Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Children; Drawing; Fillmore, Millard; Firemen; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mapother, Dillon; Parades; Strong, Thomas; Webb, Mr.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Baltimore, [Maryland]; Washington, [District of Columbia]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Leonard Street; Nassau Street; Wall Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.