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           The Excitement in New York
In doors drawing on wood all the fore and after-
noon, Cahill with me intermittently.      Billing-
ton joined us about 5, being, like everybody
else, virulent against the South and all for
war.       And Boweryem came home perfectly
rampant, declaring that he was going to com-
plete his naturalization to-morrow, and that he
regretted with all his heart that his height did
not allow of his enlisting as a volunteer for the
war; furthermore talking denunciatorily of
the purple-faced beast Levan, saying that
the worst traitors were those whose cowardice
prevented their joining those in arms against
the government, and that if he saw any such
at the Union Square meeting on Saturday, he
would proclaim them as such to the people! Le-
van sat by all the time, saying never a word.
Boweryem deserted afterwards, privately, that
he wanted an opportunity of slapping the Phila-
delphian s face.    The little chap is the gamest
of bantams (?)       After supper, in the parlor,
talking with a Mrs. Butler, a demi-widow,
with a husband extant, somewhere, until Bil-
lington and Boweryem came down.    With them
to the Armory of the 7th Regiment, Phillips
piloting us.    A dull, raw night, promising
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and four
Description:Mentions the general attitude in New York about the coming Civil War.
Date:1861-04-18
Subject:Billington; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Butler, Mrs. (boarder); Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Le Van; Military; Phillips
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-01

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
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.