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[newspaper clipping]
     For the Union and Advertiser.
		   The Stranger.
		               
We bravely boast, a native host,
  Whilst peace and joy surrounds us;
But laugh to scorn, the foreign born
  Whom tyrants throw around us.
We little heed, how much we need,
  Those foreign hearts in danger.
For then, beside our flag, our pride 
  We always find the stranger!

Our native birth seems little worth
  W en peril is our portion;
We rant and rave, but never save,
  Our land by true devotion!
 Tis only then, we look for men,
  To face the impending danger,
Nor fail to find the matchless kind
  In some brave exiled stranger!

But most of all, we love to call,
  Upon the sons of Erin,
Whose very name awakes a flame
  That some call reckless daring!
So in the van, we place that man
  To shield us from the danger.
And though he fall what matters all,
  He still was but a stranger!

But when once more, from shore to shore,
  Our starry flag is streaming;
Rebellion crushed, and treason hushed 
  Peace o er the nation beaming!
Shall we forget, the lasting debt,
  We owe the gallant stranger?
Who risked his life in that dark strife
  To save us from its danger.
Rochester, Dec., 1861.	EUGENIE A. BOINTON.

[Gunn s handwriting]
Rochester

Sent by Mrs B. or Heylyn
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and twelve
Description:Newspaper clipping of wartime poem written by Eugenie A. Brinton.
Subject:Brinton, Eugenie Addie; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Poetry; Women
Coverage (City/State):Rochester, [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.