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	     A Kitchen Scene.
and his shortness of stature.       After supper, ha-
ving occasion to go into the kitchen, I found
the servant girls all deploring in chorus the
expected departure of Boweryem.   They used to
grin and giggle at his dictatorial ways, but have
got to like him very much now.   When I told
 em they must all three give him locks of hair,
Mary, the good-humored robustuous chambermaid,
declared she would part with all of hers to save
the little man from being  kilt.         To them
entered a butcher-youth of juvenile aspect, with
narrow red, white and blue ribbons, crossed over
the apron which shielded his patriotic breast.
He was greatly excited by some news, afterwards
proved bogus, of fifty of the Seventh Regiment
being killed in Baltimore, of their killing ten
times that number of their adversaries, and
he announced his intentions of volunteering at
which the Irish girls set up a howl of mingled
lament and admiration.           After an hour s 
writing upstairs, I turned out again, and at
10 o clock, called at 745, thinking to find Haney
there, on his return from Partons.    But only
Mr and Mrs. Edwards were present.     Stayed
half an hour or more, then looked in at Pfaffs.
(I had met George Arnold and Clapp, this mor-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes the scene in his boarding house kitchen of the reaction of the servant girls to the Civil War.
Date:1861-04-20
Subject:Arnold, George; Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Civil War; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Edwards, George; Edwards, Sarah; Ginnerty, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Irish; Military; New York State Militia Infantry Regiment, 7th; Parton, James; Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Baltimore, [Maryland]
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.