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family ought to look over her little short-comings
and to be fond of her!            There was only one
error about the business; her introduction to the
house.    What right had Jim Parton to bring his
decent kinsfolk into contact with his ex-mistress
and the divorced wife of another man?       Nicho-
las was to be married to-day, says Haney.
  9.  Sunday.   Chores.      Writing to Edward
Greatbatch (now Bristol.)  Stroll in the after-
noon, anon, by 5, to the Robertsons, finding the
Captain dozing on the sofa, his wife opposite
a good fire of blazing cannel coal.      Gossip,
toddy and tea, to which meal Boweryem ar-
rived in time to participate.         Chat national,
military, social, theatric and what not.             Be-
fore Boweryem s appearance, Robertson had
told me the true story of O Brien s shooting
the man Davenport, which he was well quali-
fied to do, having narrowly escaped witnessing
it.         Robertson was turned over to the Mc
Clellan Rifles with a certain number of that
unlucky corps, the British Volunteers, and
sojourned at the camp at Factoryville during
the summer months.   He, an Anglo-Indian
and old soldier, saw very little to admire in
the state of things.  O Brien was continually
drunk, arbitrary and detested by the men;
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes hearing the story of how Fitz James O'Brien shot Sergeant Davenport from Robertson.
Date:1862-02-08
Subject:Boweryem, George; Civil War; Davenport, Sergeant; Fern, Fanny; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Military; Nicholas, John G.W.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Robertson; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham); Rogers, Abigail
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.