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              Two Volunteer Regiments.
drilled.    They were mostly men of small
stature and ugly, convict physiognomy: I looked
in vain for one prepossessing face.      The barracks,
too, had that indefinable odor of pig-stye about
them inseperable from the low Irish.                  It was
a cool, sunny, breezy day and we enjoyed the
scene and holiday extremely.   I am convinced
that this regiment comprises much of the villany
and ruffianism of New York; the women who
had come to see their friends had faces like those
I saw in the dancing-places of the 4th Ward.
The skull as horribly perceptible through the face
in many of them.          Strolling back we went
to the quarters of the 1st regiment.      These men
were coarse-looking enough but they presented
a pleasant contrast to Wilson s  crowd.        We
smoked pipes, lay on the grass, joined a party
at Colonel Allen s invitation intent on testing
the commissiarat whiskey, met Major Turner,
and were by him turned over to a tall beard-
less young Lieutenant of Canadian birth, who
had seen service in the Crimea.     He took us to
the victualling department, which I had seen last
Sunday.       As we quitted it, there was one soldier
on guard haling another along in true brutal, mil-
itary style, while the offender was d__ning the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Describes a visit to military camps at Staten Island.
Date:1861-05-19
Subject:Allen, Colonel; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 1st; New York Infantry Regiment, 6th; Turner, Jim; Wilson, Billy; Women
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.