745: Dixon and Mort Thomson.
from Shepherd. He was going to India,
he said, on a special commission from Cobden,
to report on the progress of cotton-growing.
Also that in the retreat from Richmond, he
had had but two meals in eight days! An aw-
ful little liar. Writing all day. Evening;
after an unsuccessful call at Mrs Potter s for
Haney, subsequent to one for Hall, looked in
on Dixon. Chatted for half an hour, then to 175.
The girls, Miss Ann, paterfamilias and part of
the time, Jack. The girls generally engrossed
in their books, to an unsociable degree. Dixon
tells me that Mort Thomson s wife is enceinte
and that Mort wants him to attend her. The doc-
tor thinks it wouldn t pay. He also inquired
what it was that Mort did at Port Royal that
got him disgraced and arrested and finally opera-
ted towards losing him his position on the Tribune?
I think he must have heard some confused story
of Mort s looting in South Carolina (he brought
back a tent among other pillage) and of his being
arrested by an army sutler, at Syracuse, N.
Y. whom he owed a heavy grog bill to, con-
tracted in Virginia. Thomson proved altogether
a too extravagant correspondent for the Tribune;
spending about a couple of hundred dollars for
outfit before he went off to report war matters,
purchasing revolvers, field glasses, and the
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page six|
|Description:||Describes gossip about Mort Thomson with Dr. Dixon.|
|Subject:||Civil War; Cobden; Dixon, E.H.; Edge, Frederick; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Haney, Jesse; Journalism; New York tribune.; Potter, Mrs.; Pregnancy; Shepherd, N.G.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]; India; Port Royal, South Carolina; Syracuse, New York|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One|
|Description:||Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.|
|Subject:||African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|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.|