Weston and Farnsworth.
[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
The officers give a very good account of their
men, representing them as well-behaved, sober and
intent on their military exercises, though impatient
for the time when the Home Defence Committee
shall have redeemed its promises of supplying them
with the clothing, arms and accoutrements of
soldiers. They have been in camp three weeks,
and it is asserted that not a single case of deser-
tion has yet occurred. They bathe as often as is
practicable in the river, drill both in and out of
doors, with commendable attention, and consider
themselves the worst-used regiment mustered in
the United States service. Two drummers (gene-
rally barefoot) are attached to each company.
THE ORDER OF THE DAY.
Reveille at 4 A. M., when the companies form
on their parades. At its conclusion the first ser-
geants, under the direction of one of the commis-
sioned officers, calls the roll. Fatigue call, ten min-
utes after reveille, when the guard of the day pre-
vious becomes police party for the next twenty-four
house, under the direction of the officers and non-
commissioned officers of the old guard. As soon
as the police party is formed, the officers of the day
of the old guard report to the commanding offi-
cer for orders.
Company drills from 5 to 6 A. M., succeeded
by breakfast, when the companies form on parade
[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
and are marched to the mess-house by the non-
Fatigue call at 8 o clock, a similar routine being
pursued by fatigue party.
Surgeon s call at 9. The first sergeants of com-
panies conduct the sick, with a list of the same, to
the surgeon for examination.
Orderly s call at 9 , when the details for guard
of each company go on parade, and are inspected
by the first sergeants under the direction of an
Second call for troop at 10. The first sergeant
marches his detail to the general parade, and re-
ports to the serfeant-major. Guard mount.
Company drill from 10 to 11 .
Dinner at 12.
Battalion drill from 4 to 6 P. M., immediately after
which the troops are marched to supper.
Tattoo at 9, when the companies form and the
roll is called, as usual, by the first sergeant under
the direction of an officer. At 9 taps, when all
lights are extinguished.
Nearly if not all of these gentlement have seen
active service in Mexico, the majority in the United
States army. One of them, Major Potter, honor-
ably distinguished himself in the campaign, and
when lying wounded was presented with a sword
by Cassius M. Clay.
[Gunn s diary continued]
companying us. He recognized me on my
first appearance, and afforded another instance
of Boweryem s communicativeness, beginning in-
stantly to talk of my Charleston expedition for
the Post. Picton is appointed pay-master
to this regiment, at present a sinecure office.
He wasn t present to-day, however. I recog-
nized in the Lieutenant-Colonel Farnsworth,
once of the Albany and subsequently New York
Knickerbocker, a weekly of some claims to position.
He has been in Mexico and was one of the fili-
busterish crowd that used to rendezvous at Mat-
aran s. We returned after witnessing pa-
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and thirty-six|
|Description:||Describes his visit to the camp of the 2nd Regiment of Scott Life Guards in East New York.|
|Subject:||Boweryem, George; Clay, Cassius M.; Farnsworth, Lieutenant-Colonel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Mataran's (New York, N.Y.); Military; New York evening post.; New York Infantry Regiment, 38th; Picton, Thomas|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|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.|