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	    The two Misses Mathew.
indicative, I thought, more of self-will and self-
ishness than anything else.       As a rule, all the
U. S. Army officers I have met
have been dictatorilal to the verge of rudeness in
manner, regarding civilians as essentially their
inferiors; the Democratic mind is prone to assert
itself so.  I couldn t help contrasting this Ben-
ham with that true hero Hodson, whose biography
I have read of late.    But perhaps the man was
soured by injury and appeared to disadvantage.
  He had brought Martin, as a present, a Southern
sword, taken at Carmfox Ferry; a home made
article, straight, with a broad, smooth, slight-
ly rounded blade, not unlike in proportions, the
Roman gladius.     He said there was a manu-
factury of them in Georgia.              To the Can-
terbury Hall, where I stayed till 10  , acquiring
matter for Evening Post article.  It proved dreary
work.    Among the waiter-girls, I saw our two
ex-boarders, the  Miss Mathews,  both of whom
spoke to me in the course of the evening, one telling
me she had left her  sister  (ignoring the consan-
guinity) and the other asked after Cahill.        Took
Shepherd out to Lipscombe s for ale, on my re-
turn.
  11.  Wednesday.   A wet, windy day.   Writing
to my sister in the morning, in company with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page ninety-two
Description:Describes meeting General Henry Washington Benham.
Date:1861-12-10
Subject:Benham, Henry Washington; Cahill, Frank; Canterbury Hall (New York, N.Y.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Professor; Mathews, Emma; Mathews, Lizzy; Military; New York evening post.; Shepherd, N.G.
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.