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          An Excursion to Staten Island.
it is at such times that one would like to be
rich.           I went to Leslie and paid him
his $4 to-day.
  19.  Sunday.   Cahill (who returned maudlin
drunk last night or at early morning, as report-
ed by Boweryem) tells me a story about his losing
his money - $9 or so   by putting it not into
his pocket but his trousers.     I don t believe it.  At
10, Jack Edwards arrives, and by 12 he and
I embark for Staten Island; soon meeting
Haney there.   He had come down about a printing-
bill, on the invitation of Major Jim Turner of
the 1st regiment of Volunteers.  We met a Major
Hayes, of Bartlett s Naval Brigade; which Hayes
is a crisp-bearded cockney and ex-Crimean sol-
dier   a sturdyish fellow, too.     He was very
friendly, recognized me, took us through the places
where his men were quartered and then engaged
in eating their dinner, subsequently giving us ours,
in a small room where a party of twelve or more
were assembled, among them a chaplain named
Dennison, and a woman who writes novels for
Street and Smith.   We made a capital meal out
of the tin platters and cups, anon adjourned for
out of doors smoking and loafing.    To Wilson s
Zouave camp, where several companies were being
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Describes a visit to military camps at Staten Island with Jesse Haney and Jack Edwards.
Date:1861-05-18
Subject:Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Dennison; Drunkenness; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes, Major; Leslie, William; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 1st; New York Infantry Regiment, 6th; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Turner, Jim; Wilson, Billy
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.