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		 Captain  O Brien.
to her.   He has volunteered and gone to the war,
while, of course, she goes out of evenings with
another fellow   maybe half-a-dozen of them.
She came up with him, grinning and slimy,
to the doorstep when I happened to be there, one
evening, and Cahill objurgated upon it to some
of the women.   Bitches all!
  26.  Saturday.   Writing.   Down town as far
as Reade Street during the dull, moist afternoon.
Returning by 6, found Haney in my room, who
dined with us and stayed till 10.       He is the only
visitor at Parton s, now; he and Knudsen the only
droppers-in at 745, with rare exceptions.    Busi-
ness is bad with him; his money investments haras-
sing.    A drenching night out of doors.       Cahill
has seen  Captain  O Brien once in the city, he
having come up from the  camp  of the Mc.Clellan
Rifles on Staten Island, as John Wood told
me, also.    Cahill had a curt interview with O B.,
the latter inquiring in his usual agreeable tone of
insolence why Cahill hadn t fulfilled a certain
agreement about writing puffs for the regiment, 
for promised but un performed bucksheesh.    O B.
told Wood that he had passed his examination
as an officer, which was of an extremely severe and
scrutinizing character   of course.             Of all the
pseudo-Bohemians who bragged of their military
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page twenty-six
Description:Regarding Fitz James O'Brien as a captain in the Union army.
Date:1861-10-25
Subject:Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Journalism; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Military; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Rodriguez; Women; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Reade Street
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
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.