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		O Brien unhanged.
with some scribbling.   Out at sunset to tailor s.
  5.  Thursday.   Beach called.   Down town with
Shepherd.   He had been at the Waverly overnight,
encountering O Brien, F. Wood, Launt Thomp-
son, Bierstadt and Eastman Johnson, the last
of whom is a painter of deserved celebrity.  O Brien
was resplendent in the costume of th an U. S. of-
ficer, blue-broadcloth suit, red sash and sword.
He has no other right to wear it, or to assume his
title of  captain  beyond his  great expectations  of
obtaining a commission in the regular army.   The
pistolling business has ended his connetion with
the Mc Clellan Rifles.    He talks of going to Wash-
ington within a day or two.          To Wells and Webb s
for block; heard that  Jesse,  a man I knew
well there, has joined the army  as cook.   To
Harper s; Guernsey out.       Then, still with Shep-
herd, crossed to Hoboken and did the old tramp,
along the margin of the Elysian Fields, thence
up the rocks at Weehawken to Linouze s, and
back by the plank road across the swamp,
as the shades of evening descended upon us.  I need-
ed this tramp, having got feverish with staying
in doors.
  6.  Friday.   Indoors, putting Beach s drawing
on wood.  Shepherd prevalent all the time.    He
wants to return to Jersey, but having squandered
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page eighty-six
Description:Mentions news of Fitz James O'Brien.
Date:1861-12-04
Subject:Beach; Bierstadt; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Guernsey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jesse; Johnson, Eastman; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 90th; O'Brien, Fitz James; Shepherd, N.G.; Thompson, Launt; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.