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               The War-Fever Rages.
old, white-bearded, curt-speaking editor and
poet was brusque but satisfactory.    You were
our  Occasional Correspondent, from Charleston? 
he said, took my name and address and dis-
missed me.   In Nassau St, I met Al. Waud,
who paid me $3 for photographs furnished
to the paper, and told me that he was going
to the wars, to sketch, probably by next Wed-
nesday.      Anon we met Haney, wearing a
Union cockade and after a brief talk, Alf
went off to get his revolver and I and Haney
descended to a restaurant where he lunched.
The excitement which is raging throughout the
North like a mighty wind blowing on across
a prairie on fire, promises to whirl off other
of my acquaintances than unstable Boweryem.
Haney offered his share of the business a dead
bargain to his partner, Christopher, with some
idea of volunteering.   Parton declares he would 
go, were his health and strength adequate.
Charley Honeywell and Jack Brown, the
brother of Mort, both marched with the Seventh.
Jack Crockett (a single but  engaged  bachelor)
goes also.     And Jack Edwards was only to
be dissuaded from joining by Haney s repre-
sentations that a  Home Guard  for New
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Regarding the atmosphere in New York about the start of the Civil War.
Date:1861-04-20
Subject:Boweryem, George; Brown, John; Brown, Mortimer; Bryant; Christopher; Civil War; Crockett, John; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Military; New York State Militia Infantry Regiment, 7th; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Charleston, [South Carolina]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
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.