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[newspaper clipping]
To the Editor of The N. Y. Tribune.
  SIR: Gen. Meigs, we are told, wants blankets for
the army.  Our men are taking the field this Autumn
faster than this indispensable necessity can be pro-
vided.  Allow me to make a suggestion.  Let some
officer go through certain streets at a certain hour
each day, with a vehicle, a drum and fife, and the
National flag; and as he slowly passes each house
let its matrons toss him a blanket, or blankets, as she
can afford.  Surely, with the prospect of a well-
sheltered roof and plenty of fuel for the coming
Winter, there are few if any who could or would re-
sist the call of the blanketeer.  Proper notice, of
course, should be given to the public through what
streets and at what hour this appeal for our country s
defenders will be made.	         FANNY FERN.
  No. 182 East Eighteenth street.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page thirteen
Description:Newspaper clipping written by Fanny Fern regarding the donation of blankets for Union soldiers.
Subject:Civil War; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Meigs, Montgomery C.; Military; New York tribune.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):182 East Eighteenth Street
Scan Date:2010-06-08


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.