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            The  Bohemians  at Pfaff s.
ning, when walking down-town with Cahill;
they stopped to recognize him and we all spoke
together.)         In the cellar I found George
Arnold (with his hair cut pugilistically short
as a preventative of baldness) Sears, Banks,
Mullen and others.        Banks talked of volun-
teering (about the best thing he can do) and
Sears goes on Wednesday   he invited me to 
join his corps.    Mullen and Banks got to
wrangling; verbosity on one side, demi-brutal-
ity on t other.      Arnold being appealed to, 
to still the squabble reminded Banks (who, of
course talked on) of an imaginary new rule
in operation there;  that no man should make
a d____d fool of himself,  which I demurred
at, as calculated to convert Pfaff s into a
howling desert.   Shepherd, Jack Arnold,
 the doctor  came in, and others.   Shepherd
talked about volunteering, if he could obtain
some post above that of private, declaring
that he would prefer fighting against his per-
sonal friends in the South, in such a cause.
It sounded patriotic; it was a young man s 
blatherskite.         I left very soon, Banks
clamorously demanding that I should  treat
the crowd  upon my uprising   which, of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes Civil War talk with the Bohemians at Pfaff's.
Date:1861-04-20
Subject:Arnold, George; Arnold, Jack; Banks, A.F.; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mullen, Edward F.; Pfaff�s (New York, N.Y.); Sears, Jack; Shepherd, N.G.
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.