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Cahill s room last night and Edge did
not return home.  The frailest of mortals, he
complains of neuralgia and what not, 
and is rendered miserable by an open window,
yet he talks of riding heroically beside Mc Clellan
in the grand advance of the army on the Potomac
which everybody is expecting, also of leading for-
lorn hopes and immolating himself on behalf of
that great Dagon the Union.          I believe him to
be honest enough in sentiment, but entirely one-
sided and monstrously conceited.
			/
  Portrait of
Frederick Wat-
son, which he
had taken just
before starting
to join Porter s
 Mortar Expe-
dition,  being
just then in a
decided state
of funk at his
presumed risk.
I don t know 
his real name.
His uncle was
the solicitor of

[photograph]

				Edge s father,
				probably is so yet,
				hence the acquaint-
				ance between Edge
				and Watson.  The
				latter has some abili-
				ty with his pen, is
				shrewdish, radical-
				ly dishonest, a
				lewd liver and a
				professed atheist.
				He sings bawdy
				songs of his own
				composition, knows 
				a good deal about
				theatricals and be-
				lieves in nothing
				particular.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and fifty
Description:Regarding Frederick Edge and Frederick Watson.
Date:1862-02-28
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Edge, Frederick; Edge; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; McClellan, George B.; Porter, David; Watson, Frederick
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.