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	         Volunteers.
cious surtout or overcoat; in one of the barrack
buildings we found them receiving them, trying
them on &c.      They seemed hearty, sturdy fellows,
with commonish visages and on good terms with
Duyckman.      From one place to another we went,
enjoying the sight and the delightful morning.
Near the place where the men received their ra-
tions, I recognized an acquaintance, in the ex-
Charleston-Hotel waiter, who returned to New
York with me on board the James Adger.    He
was one of the corps and entreated me not to
mention the circumstance, in case I went back to
South Carolina.       Two of his fellow-waiters, he
said, Irishmen, like himself, had been obliged
to enlist in the Southern army.   His name was
Courtney.        Presently, at a house, we joined
a group of (militia) officers, when there was a 
good deal of handshaking and introductions.
Among the visitors was Colonel Ray Tompkins,
of a Staten Island company   a gentleman with
a large and straggling grayish beard, who, two
summers ago, distinguished himself by heading the
mob which burnt down the Hospital buildings.
We were talking and smoking, amid gold lace
and epaulets, when Cahill espied his cousin 
and hurried out to bring him in.        Seymour
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Describes a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers on Staten Island.
Date:1861-05-11
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Courtenay (waiter); Duyckman; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Mobs; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Tompkins, Ray
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.