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                         with Blankman.
Boweryem told me afterwards, for I didn t look
at the fellow.          The boarding-house table had
thinned during the row, Cahill and Shepherd,
who witnessed it having gone upstairs.   Bowery-
em still sat almost opposite me, with Blankman
at two seats distance; he had refused the request
of his wife to accompany her upstairs.  Phillips
had risen, when I asked him quietly to remain
a few minutes.   He did so.     Then I rose, slip-
ped off my coat, and told Blankman that if
he wanted to attend to that little nose-mashing
business to come along.  I know now, as I had a half
persuasion then, that had I gone upstairs he
would have thought himself well out of the busi-
ness and would have avenged himself by private
brag and bluster at my expense.      But there was
no dodging the issue.  Breathing curses and 
abuse he backed out of the room, striking me
before I was quite prepared   a blow on the
ear which I never felt nor should have been
aware of, but the lookers on saw it.  Then I
pitched in, giving him four or five in the face,
knocking him round from one wall to the
other until he crouched on the floor and
actually howled like a dog!   There were three
or four persons present directly, Ames, San-
ford, Albert Boley   they got him up, full
of abuse and foul language.   I went at him
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page fifty-two
Description:Describes a fight with Blankman at his boarding house.
Date:1862-10-30
Subject:Ames; Blankman; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Phillips (boarder); Sanford; Shepherd, N.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.