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	A Regiment of  Roughs. 
head from  Harper s Weekly,  plus the lat-
ter peculiarity, will give some idea of the
man; it was taken from a photograph. 
Declining his invitations to drink and
dinner, we departed, just as his wife and

[newspaper engraving]

[Gunn s diary continued]
another woman arrived.    She was a large, coarse
woman of, I thought, Irish physiognomy, and he
advanced to kiss her.    A. T. Whiting, whom (I
am glad to say) we didn t see was  officer of the day 
of this regiment, which comprises the worst roughs of
New York.   Such men as these  officers  recall old
Johnson s saying about patriotism with a vengeance.
Whiting was universally believed to be pimp to his
wife s dishonor with Frank Leslie; being besides a
notorious sponge and  sucker.     The fellows at the
office used to cover the walls with odious carica-
tures of him, representing him as a leech, a mus-
quito, a bug, a  sucker- fish, &c.       Returned
to New York by the 3 o clock boat, and remained
in doors the rest of the day.           It is not so very
many Sundays ago since I had a similar expe-
rience at Sullivan s Island, South Carolina;
I am now witnessing t other side of the medal.  Men
of all sorts show very much alike, under simi-
lar circumstances.    There was perhaps more whis-
key drank among the Carolinians.    Judging from
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and seventy-six
Description:Describes visiting Billy Wilson's regiment with Frank Cahill.
Date:1861-05-11
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Military; Whiting, A.T.; Whiting, A.T., Mrs.; Wilson, Billy; Wilson, Billy, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; South Carolina
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.