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       Mort Thomson thrashed by Haney.
return, and sent a polite note both to Grace
and F. F. intimating that intention.  Well, as
Haney, Jim and I were sitting at his rooms,
806 Broadway after dinner (at 745) of
roast beef and Yorkshire pudding (don t you
envy us?) there came a knock at the door.  Mort
and his father entered: Jim told them to clear
out.   After a deal of blather Mort called Jim
a liar   up went Haney s fist straight for
Thomsons eye   a delightful thud sounded through
the room   Haney took Mort s head in chancery
when old Thomson brought his tremendous stick
down on Haney s head, claret flew freely and
they both went to the floor.   Old T. evinced a
desire again to tap Haney s nob, but I frustra-
ted his amiable intention, and not knowing
what I was about, began to pull Haney off the
fallen Mort (for which I have reproached
myself ever since) but it was no easy job,
he had such a grip on Mort s hair that I thought
as I jerked his arm up that surely a handful
of it would come out.  Mort arose bloody, and
with a black eye, still pretty insolent, but being
again ordered out, he and his old dad departed,
leaving us convinced that he was a thorough
coward.  He went off protesting that he had been
set on by three of us.          Thus Jack, whom, I
find have copied literally.              He tells me
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and fifty-one
Description:Regarding an incident between Mort Thomson and Jesse Haney, as told by a letter from Jack Edwards.
Date:1862-05-20
Subject:Edwards, John; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Thomson; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):806 Broadway
Scan Date:2010-06-17

 

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.