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           Quigg.       Experiences at Rawlings. 
build, black-haired, round-faced and moustached;
a Virginian by birth, a pro-slavery man and
an out-and-out Secessionist.     Rawlings had
informed me (when he convoyed me to lavation)
that he never talked of politics to his guests, 
but of course we got to the topics of the war and
the coming election, Mc Clellan, the government
and all the rest.            Quigg I found as aforesaid,
or rather hoping for a reconstruction of the Union
on the old detestable pro-slavery principles, in
which Rawlings sympathized.    Rawlings pere
had been  Union  at the outset, but wasn t any-
thing particular now, and I was unmitigatedly
hostile to Mc Clellan and to Slavery.    We didn t
fight however, though I couldn t  be morally
at ease in such surroundings.    After a tumbler
of hot whisket (Bourbon) and water, Rawlings
left Quigg and myself sitting up over the fire, 
and it wasn t till past one A. M. that I re-
tired into a near little room ornamented by
a framed map of North American executed in
white silk by the hands of the grandmother of
Unadilla Elmendorf.      This performance repres-
ented the states in the queerest disproportion, the 
great northern lakes being about thrice their size,
Canada six times so, and Louisiana running up
west of the Mississippi into what is now Michi-
gan.     The portrait of the industrious workwoman,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page forty-three
Description:Describes his visit to the Rawlings family.
Date:1862-10-25
Subject:Civil War; Elections; Elmendorf, Unadilla (Rawlings); Gunn, Thomas Butler; McClellan, George B.; Quigg, John; Rawlings; Rawlings, Augustus
Coverage (City/State):[Tivoli, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

Volume
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.