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	Hawkins s Zouaves
ternoon.     Phillips full of talk about camp-
life       Boweryem up for an hour before his ar-
rival.       Quoth he to me, in perfect earnest:
 Which do you think most expressive of my dis-
position, my poems or melodies?  !!!
  2.  Sunday.   To Robinson street pier by 9,
intending to visit Sandy Hook, to see M Chesney s
Zouaves, to do an article thereon for the  Post ;
but the boat had broken down.    Met Morris and
the brother of his brother-in-law, a Mr Byrne, a
middle-aged man, once an actor.     They had in-
tended a similar trip to that which I couldn t
effect.    At my suggestion, to Peck Slip and up
the East River to Riker s island, occupied by
Col. Hawkins  Zouaves.   Much of what we saw
is embodied in the following:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
   A DAY WITH HAWKINS S ZOUAVES.
	                    
        The Zouave Soldier s Daily Routine.
	                    
               FITTING HIM FOR WAR.
	                    
  Americans have not in general arrogated to them-
selves the reputation of an essentially military
people.  It has been a national boat, and an honor-
able one, that we had scarcely any standing army,
or need of it; that we could protect ourselves and
our rights without resorting to the established or-
ganization of  Yahoos, hired to kill as many of
their species in cold blood as is possible,  as Cap-
tain Lemuel Gulliver defines soldiers.  Yet the pro-
fession has always ranked high in our regards.  We
have chosen a good many Presidents from it, and
no more popular character has ever existed in the 
United States than that of a successful military

[newspaper clipping: second column]
hero.  Only in France, where the sword takes first
rank, is this feeling exceeded.  In England, up to
the Crimean war (a really popular one), the army
was universally considered more of an appanage to
royalty than as part of the people.  Its bayonets
had been turned against them within the memory
of the present generation.
  With us it is difficult, our soldiers are with
and of us.  And in the present historical epoch
(the magnificent phenomenon of which has never
been paralleled except by France during the first
revolution, when the announcement of  the coun-
try is in danger  stimulated her starving and shoe-
less soldiery to hurl back the combined armies of
Europe,) it is noteworthy how rapidly the Ameri-
can citizen transforms himself into the United
States soldier.  Patriotism and aptitude seem to
go hand in hand.
	THE ZOUAVE FEATURE.
  Observe, for instance, the Zouave feature of the
present war, unquestionably destined to be a very
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and twelve
Description:Describes a visit to Colonel Hawkins's Zouaves in an article for ''The Evening Post.''
Date:1861-06-01
Subject:Boweryem, George; Byrne; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins, Colonel; Journalism; Military; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); New York evening post.; New York Infantry Regiment, 9th; Phillips
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Robinson Street
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

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.