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            Street-scenes in New York.
There, in an upper room, unfurnished, with
a very hard-looking crowd around him, sat a
 Colonel  of a b hoy aspect, taking down names.
Over the battered chimney-piece were two amateur
sketches, one of an ideal  Wilson Volunteer,  ano-
ther entitled  a South Karillinian Fire-Eater, 
representing an absurd military figure, with
asses ears and a patched breech repaired by
a Palmetto flag.    Here I found Tom Mc.Elrath,
(not my Lake Superior chum, but his b hoy
like brother) who was read a letter from a monied
New Yorker, proposing to pay down $1,000 for the
raising of an extemporized company, to start un-
uniformed, at once, with revolvers and bludgeons,
to hold Baltimore and the way clear.        Outside,
on the pavement, were two inebriated patriots, chant-
ing the chorus of the  Star-spangled Banner,  every
now and then shaking hands with one another or
with the passers-by, among whom the spectacle
scarcely excited comment.      Return to supper.
Af At this meal, Boweryem culminated; he de-
nounced Southerners as consisting of unmitigated
tyranny, sef selfishness and cruelty and assert-
ed them to be descendents of British convicts,
 some of whom had unfortunately escaped to Penn-
sylvania.       This for the benefit of purple-faced
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and seven
Description:Describes the scene in New York during the outbreak of the Civil War.
Subject:Boweryem, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McElrath, Thomson; McElrath, Tom; Military; Songs
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Baltimore, [Maryland]; Pennsylvania
Scan Date:2010-06-01


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.