Letter to the Tribune.
[newspaper clipping: first column]
Voyage of the North Star Who were on
Board Speculations as to the Destina-
tion of the Expedition Personal Notices.
From Our Special Correspondent.
AT SEA, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1862.
But a few days ago the very indefinite specification
of locality prefixed to this letter would have had ad-
ditional appropriateness, as describing my mental
condition as to the objects and destination of this ex-
pedition. I know them now (or think I do), albeit I
am obliged to limit my confidences to THE TRIBUNE.
Pending the time when there will be no necessity for
reservation, accept an idle sea-letter, involving
only six days experience of myself and my fellow-
voyagers on board the North Star. The mention of
that vessel, a voyage of that duration, and of Gen.
Banks, inevitably suggests an ultra-Southern des-
tination of that piece of information the subscribers
to THE TRIBUNE in Dixie are welcome to make the
most: I can afford to admit so much and a little
more. We may be going to Vicksburg, to Mobile,
to Texas, to all and several; for are we not, at this
time of writing, plashing gallantly through the blue
Atlantic on the outer side of the Gulf Stream, some-
where beyond the furthermost Cape of Florida,
and steaming parallel with that long line of perilous
reefs and sandbars which terminate in the dry Tor-
tugas? By to-morrow we hope to enter the Gulf of
Mexico; hence some of the above mentioned locali-
ties must be the right ones. And further the de-
ponent sayeth not, until duly authorized. Let me
speak of the voyage.
The North Star (name of good omen!) is pretty
well known to Yew-Yorkers as one of Cornelius
Vanderbilt s big ocean steamers, which used to ply
to Aspinwall, and has crossed the Atlantic. She
lay quietly enough at the foot of Eleventh street,
East River, on the evening of Dec. 4, when I first
presented myself on board, finding only eight com-
panies of the Massachusetts 41st there, looming blue
and multitudinous in their military overcoats and the
darkness. Next day was one of bustle, of confu-
sion, and embarkation; and not until 5 p. m. did
the playing of Hail to the Chief by the band in-
form us that Gen. Banks had joined us. What time
we lay off the Battery, having been towed thither
by a tug. It was at least five hours later when we
got clear of Sandy Hook and were fairly off, our
stem pointing southward.
Let the reader suppose the North Star on her first
night out, plowing her way through the solemn
rushing waters on a bleak, raw December night, the
usual amount of incidental discomfort and sea-sick-
ness on board, the soldiers between-decks, the offi-
cers and civilians crowding the numerous cabins,
the cannon and ammunition cumbering the deck,
covered with canvas and tarpaulins to protect them
from the driving spray and the occasional spiteful
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gusts of rain that rendered the night additionally
uncomfortable; and all of us bound on some great,
formidable enterprise, of which perhaps but one
man knew the secret and scope, while I, THE TRIB-
UNE correspondent, avail myself of this early oppor-
tunity to tender the following list of my fellow-
Major-General NATHANIEL P. BANKS, Commander-in-Chief
of the expedition. His Staff, comprising
Lieut.-Col. Richard B. Irwin, Assistant Adjutant-General.
Lieut.-Col. Wm. S. Abert, Assistant Inspector-General.
Major G. Norman Lieber, Judge-Advocate.
Col. John S. Clark, Aid-de-Camp.
Lieut.-Col. Strother, Aid-de-Camp (Porte Crayon.)
Capt. Frederick d Hauteville, Aid-de-Camp.
Capt. Robert D. Dunham, Aid-de-Camp.
First Lieut. Charles A. Harwell, Aid-de-Camp.
Second Lieut. Samuel M. Whitside, Aid-de-Camp.
Capt. W. Sturgis Hooper, Acting Aid-de-Camp.
First Lieut. Charles S. Sargent, Acting Aid-de-Camp.
Major Harai Robinson, Volunteer Aid-de-Camp.
Col. Samuel B. Holabird, Chief Quartermaster.
Col. Edward G. Beckwith, Chief Commissary.
Surgeon Richard H. Alexander, Medical Director.
Major D. C. Houston, Chief Engineer.
Capt. Henry L. Abbott, Chief of Topographical Engineers.
First Lieut. Richard M. Hill, Chief of Ordnance.
Capt. Richard Arnold, Chief of Artillery.
Capt. Wm. W. Rowley, Chief Signal Officer.
Chief Engineer, Major Houston.
Capt. J. W. McCure, Assistant Quartermaster.
Dr. Richard M. Alexander, Medical Director.
Dr. David L. Rogers, Medical Inspector.
Dr. P. Middleton.
Dr. George M. Sturnburg.
W. C. Spencer, Medical Purveyor.
Maj-Gen. CHRISTOPHER COLON AUGUR, Second in Com-
mand to Gen. Banks.
His Staff, comprising:
Major George B. Halstead, Assistant Adjutant General.
Major John H. Rench, Surgeon.
Capt. J. Hodge, Quartermaster.
Capt. H. O. Woodcuff, Commissary.
Capt. Walter Cutting, Aid-de-Camp.
Capt. James Benkard, Aid-de-Camp.
Capt. George Shaw, Aid-de-Camp.
Capt. M. Ritchie, Aid-de-Camp.
Brig-Gen. CUVIER GROVER.
His Staff, comprising:
Capt. Joseph Hibbert, Assistant Adjutant General.
Maj. T. B. Reed, Surgeon.
Capt. F. W. Perkins, Assistant Quartermaster.
Capt. W. P. Corvie, Commissary.
Lieut. J. B. Brown, Aid-de-Camp.
Brig.-Gen. A. J. HAMILTON, recently appointed Military-
Governor of Texas.
His Staff, comprising:
Mr. Charles P. Shaw, Private Secretary.
Maj. William L. Burt, Commissary.
Capt. J. R. Herbert, Acting Adjutant General.
Judge C. A. Peabody of New-York, with Messrs. Lemont,
Hughes and Inloes.
Capt. Abbott, of the Topographical Engineer Department,
with the following assistants: Messrs. Ogilvie and Brown
(photographers), Ross, Dunbar, Deutsche, Haskell, Robins,
Hawksworth, Homer, Elliot, Lyman, Sturgis, Buckley, Pal-
mer and Davis.
The officers of the Massachusetts 41st, comprising:
Colonel, Thomas E. Chickering.
Lieutenant-Colonel, Ansel D. Wass.
Major, Lorenzo D. Sargent.
Adjutant, Henry S. Adams.
Quartermaster, Charles B. Stoddard.
Surgeon, Albert H. Blanchard.
Assistant Surgeon, Daniel F. Leavitt.
Assistant Surgeon, Daniel S. Allen.
Chaplain, Henry F. Lane.
Sergeant-Major, John M. Rolston.
Quartermaster-Sergeant, George A. Fiske, jr.
Commissary-Sergeant, Charles B. Stone.
Hospital Steward, Harry N. Coburn.
Drum-Major, A. B. Chase.
Armorer, AG. . Crossley.
Color-Sergeant, Alfred W. Bullock.
John F. Vinal, Lyman W. Gould,
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page seventy-eight|
|Description:||Newspaper clipping written by Gunn for ''The New York Tribune,'' regarding his voyage south on the North Star with the General Banks expedition, including a list of passengers on the vessel.|
|Subject:||Abbott, Captain; Abbott, Henry L.; Abert, William S.; Adams, Henry S.; Alexander, Richard H.; Alexander, Richard M.; Allen, Daniel S.; Arnold, Richard; Augur, Christopher Colon; Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Beckwith, Edward G.; Benkard, James; Blanchard, Albert H.; Brown (photographer); Brown, J.B., Lieutenant; Buckley; Bullock, Alfred W.; Burt, William L.; Civil War; Chase, A.B.; Chickering, Thomas E.; Clark, John S.; Coburn, Harry N.; Corvie, W.P.; Crossley; Cutting, Walter; Davis (military staff); Deutsche; d'Hauteville, Frederick; Dunbar; Dunham, Robert D.; Elliot (military staff); Fiske, George A., Jr.; Gould, Lyman W.; Grover, Cuvier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halstead, George B.; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Harwell, Charles A.; Haskell; Hawksworth; Herbert, J.R.; Hibbert, Joseph; Hill, Richard M.; Hodge, J.; Holabird, Samuel B.; Homer (military staff); Hooper, Sturgis; Houston, D.C.; Houston, Major; Hughes; Inloes; Irwin, Robert B.; Journalism; Lane, Henry F.; Leavitt, Daniel F.; Lemont; Lieber, Lyman; Norman; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 41st; McCure, J.W.; Middleton, P.; Military; New York tribune.; North Star (Ship); Ogilvie; Ocean travel; Palmer; Peabody, C.A.; Perkins, F.W.; Reed, T.B.; Rench, John H.; Ritche, M.; Robins; Robinson, Harai; Rogers, David L.; Rolston, John M.; Ross; Rowley, William M.; Sargent, Charles S.; Sargent, Lorenzo D.; Shaw, Charles P.; Shaw, George; Spencer, W.C.; Stoddard, Charles B.; Stone, Charles B.; Strother, David Hunter; Sturgis; Sturnburg, George M.; Travel; Vanderbilt, Cornelius; Vinal, John F.; Wass, Ansel D.; Whitside, Samuel M.; Woodcuff, H.O.|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|Coverage (Street):||Eleventh Street|
|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.|