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	  Volunteer Officers.
  After a visit to the marquee and a brief inter-
view with Major Kimball, (Hawkins being ab-
sent) we were guided throughout the premises by
a Lieutenant Silva, a young fellow of Virgin-
ian birth; who, if the reverse of good-looking
was decidedly obliging.  After rambling everywhere,
we were invited to dine with the officers, by a
certain Captain Jardine, of a company raised
at Fort Lee, and accepting it, I found my-
self seated beside Mr. Webster, father of the 
present object of Boweryem s affections and
opposite her brother, a Lieutenant in 
this particular company.   The  second acting
Lieutenant  is young Thomson Mc Elrath,
(my Lake Superior chum) and he, too, turned
up with his father in the course of the after-
noon.       Two other persons recognized me, one,
I believe, Rodriguez, an ex-boarder at 132 Blee-
cker, the other a brother of Steiner the repor-
ter.      I observed in all of these young fellows
a strong sense of personal importance; they
enjoyed the vanity of the business exceedingly; in-
deed I suppose there s nothing more calculated
to develop the innate cock-a-doodle-ness of
humanity than going a soldiering.   Men fight
none the worse for it.              We returned
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes a visit to a military camp.
Date:1861-06-02
Subject:Boweryem, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins, Colonel; Jardine, Captain; Kimball, Major; McElrath, Thomson; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 9th; Rodriguez; Silva, Lieutenant; Webster; Webster, Adrienne
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker
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.