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	Colonel Billy Wilson.
pagne and sherry, the latter muddy.   Both
Duyckman and Turner at the top and bottom of
the table, showed very hearty and hospitably.  The
latter, with a very red face looked rather like Led-
ger, only not so ugly.         Dinner over, Cahill
and I went to visit  Colonel  Wilson and his
 Zouaves,  beyond the Quarantine grounds.  Some
were marching, pannikin in hand, I suppose to
fetch coffee or water, across a fine sloping pre
green, at the further end of which we found
a banner with  Death to Secessionists  inscribed
upon it, before the barrack of the redoubtable
 Billy.   He was within, seated at a rough table,
with some official-looking books on it, a group
of  officers  and visitors near him, more seated
on benches surrounding the barn-like interior.
The ex-pugilist, ex-alderman of New York (who
once bit a man s nose off in a fight and, if I
am not mistaken, obtained a day s notoriety by
beating a prostitute in a brothel) received us
with the civility always accorded on this side of
the Atlantic to  gentlemen of the press.    He was
short in stature, had a countenance that might
have been accepted as a type of the New York
ruffian, hard, coarse and latently cruel,
the nostrils being unpleasantly perceptible.  This
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and seventy-five
Description:Describes visiting Billy Wilson's regiment with Frank Cahill.
Date:1861-05-11
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Duyckman; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Military; Turner, Jim; Wilson, Billy
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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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.