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                                   Una. 
easy chair by the crackling wood fire, I saw be-
neath the skirt of her tasty rich silk gown one
of the loveliest and plumpest legs in the world, ter-
minating in a ravishingly pretty boot   and I
thought of Clark s house before Yorktown and one
of Rawling s feats there.     He was as usual, 
loud-voiced, bustling, boastful, restless; the
man could never be still himself or let you be
so, which induced the opposite behavior on my
part.     He seemed not to fit well into his position, 
nor to be capable of enjoying it tranquilly: it was
the fortune-hunter in luck but out of place.     He
evidently encouraged Quigg and myself to speak
of our Peninsula experience that his wife might
identify him with them and suppose him a hero.
She was full of pretty feminine exclamations as,
 I m sure I should have died!  and the like.
(Really, Rawlings  campaigning amounted to no-
thing; he left before we got into Yorktown.)  In
other particulars the pretty young wife did not
want sense and infinitely more breeding and deli-
cacy than the Rawlingses possessed, but she did
not appear to see through them.      They toady her.
 I want to hear the Nightingale speak!  said
the paternal humbug, at dinner.        It was an
excellent one, comprising soup, game and poul-
try; with claret, sherry and port.        Out of doors
the day had set in for heavy rain.             Two
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page forty-seven
Description:Describes his visit to the Rawlings family.
Date:1862-10-26
Subject:Civil War; Elmendorf, Unadilla (Rawlings); Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Quigg, John; Rawlings; Rawlings, Augustus; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Tivoli, New York]; Yorktown, [Virginia]
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.