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The Banks Expedition.
shoeless and declares that he doesn t feel able
to set about the tinkering demanded by old Wal-
lack for the play for at least two weeks.   A jolly
life, this Bohemianism!

  {1.  Monday.       No record of detail.  It is pro-
  2.  Tuesday.       posed by Gay that I should ac-
  3.  Wednesday.{       company Gen. Banks on a South-
ern expedition, the destination of which is generally
supposed to be Texas.       I agree.    I introduce
myself to Banks at the Astor House, whom
Edge talks enthusiastically of, as a friend of
his &c &c.    It is expected that the North Star
will get off on the 3rd, accordingly I go to 
where she lies in the evening, in a hack car-
riage, Boweryem accompanying me, but every-
looking quiet enough, I return to 745, and
sleep at Bleecker Street, as usual.
  4.  Thursday.   By 9 1/4 off with Bowery-
em to the foot of 11 street, East River.  A busy
scene and bitter cold day, the North Star
crowded.    Found A. C. Hills, once of the Evening
Post, and A. G. Hills of the Boston Journal,
also Hamilton, the architect and friend of
Bellew s, as representative of the Times, F. 
Schell for Frank Leslie s and a young
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page seventy-six
Description:Regarding the other news correspondents traveling on the North Star with the General Banks expedition.
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Bellew, Frank; Bohemians; Boweryem, George; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; North Star (Ship); Schell, Frank H.; Theater; Wallack, James William; Watson, Frederick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Texas
Coverage (Street):Astor House; Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2010-11-16


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.