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	    Frank Powell the Zouave.
pilly savor about it.)     Here, amid the throngs
of uniforms crowding the limited hall, I was ac-
costed by a stalwart-looking young fellow in full
Zouave costume, whom, at first, I hardly rec-
ognized as the once sneaky son of T. Micawber
Powell.      Wilkins Junior  had his hair cut
to that extent that his head might have been sand-
papered, he was sunburnt to a deep red, and
in manners and talk a complete Zoo-Zoo.   He
told me he was a first lieutenant in Hawkin s regiment,
and just returned from the fight at Roanoke Is-
land, having fought sturdily in the attack there.  We
must needs have some ale together.   He commented
half-indignantly about Bellew s puffing him in
the Budget of Fun   didn t want his name men-
tioned in a d____d comic paper   talked discursive-
ly and familiarly of Bellew s marital antecedents
   the wife of that man who lived in Union Square,
you know   a devilish pretty woman too!  and as-
st serted that Bellew had challenged the hus-
band.         He talked also of his father s surprise
and indignation at his determination to become a
soldier.     Your e a d____d fool!  said Micawber pere.
Junior was bound for New York on furlough.
With good wishes we parted.      I cultivate Brig-
ham.      He is a middle-aged man with a hale,
shrewd, shaven face, partially gray whiskers
and reddish complexion, keen eyes and brisk
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page seventy-one
Description:Regarding a conversation with Frank Powell.
Date:1862-03-23
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Powell, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[Hampton, Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
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.