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	  Edward Greatbatch enlists.
A letter from Mary Ann this morning, relating
how her boy Edward has enlisted for the war
about a month ago   on the ninth of October  
in the Lincoln regiment, now at Geneva, Kane
Co. Illinois.   He has been home to seen them and
expects to go to Kentucky, when his company is
complete.   Poor mother! another sorrow in an
already over sorrowful life.   Oh! that he may
never be upon the field of battle!  she writes.
 But he was so anxious to enlist that I suppose
he would not have liked it, had I tried to pre-
vent it.       I was very much opposed to it all
along.     Then she tells about her getting his
daguerreotype taken, and hopes and trusts he
will not be called out this winter.           The
war is like a Malestr m, sweeping something
of everybody s into it.  God send the lad safe
to his mother again!
  20.  Wednesday.   Indoors, writing and
drawing all day.   Answered Mary Ann s let-
ter among other things, and did half-page drawing
on wood for F. Leslie.         Out for ale at about
10  .
  21.  Thursday.   Down town, to the E. Post office
&c, and to F. Leslie s.     Bit of interview with
old Powell and Squier, specially the former.  Up
town.    Drawing during the afternoon.   Evening
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page seventy-two
Description:Mentions his nephew Edward Greatbatch enlisting in the Union army.
Date:1861-11-19
Subject:Civil War; Drawing; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Illinois Infantry Regiment, 52nd; Leslie, Frank; Military; Powell; Squier, E.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Geneva, Illinois
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.