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	General Benham.  (Vol. 22, 05.)
his poem.     He rowed Cahill to-day without
any particular effect, though the latter avoids him
less markedly.
  10.  Tuesday.   Making sketch and writing
letter to my mother till evening, in company with
Shepherd engaged on his poem.    A mild, misty,
sunless day.       After dinner, went to Martin s
house on 4th street, where I was received by a
deaf, clerical looking brother of his, presently
reinforced by young Daniel, a foot taller than
when I saw him last, and like papa in man-
ner.     Martin came anon, introducing me to the
General Benham spoken of by him at the Post
office, who had arrived this day in New York,
and seemed sojourning at the Martins  residence.
He told me he was  under arrest    how he
could be at liberty, only American military rule
might account for.     He was charged with having
allowed Floyd to escape and expected to be court-
martialled, which he attributed to a conspiracy
against him on the part of the three other  Generals  who
desired to make him the  scape-goat for their deri-
lection of duty.    The man did not impress me
agreably, he spoke dogmatically and arrogantly,
denying ability to almost every officer mentioned
in the course of the conversation.    He was portly
in figure, with a heavy, unpleasant countenance,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page ninety-one
Description:Describes meeting General Henry Washington Benham.
Date:1861-12-09
Subject:Benham, Henry Washington; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Court martial; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Daniel; Martin, Professor; Military; Poetry; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):4th 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.