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            The Battery in War-Time.
at present kept closed from the public, as the
2nd Regiment of State Militia is quartered
there.  Quite a crowd had assembled outside
the rails, soliciting admission from the sentinel;
who accorded it to us in virtue of Cahill s office.
We found the ground occupied by rows of white
tents, not very large; perhaps capable of accomo-
dating from four to six men.     Their muskets
were stacked, soldier-fashion, outside; plenty of
mattrasses lay airing in the hot sun, and two
squads of men were being drilled.   Most of the tents dis-
played boards, covered with facetious inscriptions
as  Hotel de Irish,  de Union,   Metropolitan, 
&c., one exhibiting a comic bill of fare.    Some of
the men lay inside smoking, talking or doing
necessary domestic offices; others were outside.  We
visited Colonel Tompkins, the commanding officer; 
a good humored young fellow, in a  Havelock  
cap or helmet, made of thick, white linen, with
a cape falling to the shoulders, worn as a secu-
rity from sun-stroke, after the Anglo-Indian
fashion.    Cahill got what information he wanted,
and we pursued our stroll.         Some fellows were
bathing off the Battery margin, one with tattoed
figures on his arms, better drawn than is com-
mon in such performances.   We heard the emigrants
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and seventy-one
Description:Describes a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia of Staten Island.
Date:1861-05-11
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Tompkins, Colonel
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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.