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again and had knocked him, flurried and win-
ded against the wall when I became aware of
something assaulting me from below, furiously.
It was the wife come to the rescue; she hit
me in the eye and blacked it, assailing me
bitterly with her tongue at the same time.  I
put her away without hurting her and ano-
ther interwval of jaw ensued.   Blankman
asserted that his arm was out of joint and accused
me of cowardice in attacking him in that condi-
tion.      I now knew he was a cur and thought
him lying.   I said so.    Shepherd and Ames
pulled at his arm, the former presently assu-
ring me that what had been stated was true:
that the fellow s arm had formerly been dis-
located and was liable to become disjointed.
They got it all right however, amid a good
deal of clamor.   Mrs Boley, Jewitt, Phillips,
Ames and I think, Sanford were present, besi-
des the servants and the persons already men-
tioned.     Albert Boley had been prodigiously
excited and exultant at an actual  muss,  shout-
ing indiscriminate encouragement to both parties.
It was  Go in Doc!  give it to the _________! 
and then  Gunn kin lick him anyhow!     I
had Shepherd, Jewitt, Mrs Boley about me
entreating me to go up stairs.    He s a whip-
ped man!  said the former, while the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page fifty-three
Description:Describes a fight with Blankman at his boarding house.
Date:1862-10-30
Subject:Ames; Blankman; Blankman, Mrs.; Boardinghouses; Boley, Albert; Boley, Susan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; 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.