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                        A. C. Hills.
fellow names Hayes of the Boston Traveller.
These constituted the reportorial corps.  A. C.
Hills represented the Herald, although him-
self an out-and-out black republican and
abolitionist, identified with all the convictions 
of the Evening Post.   As I was very much
in his company and that of the other fellows
during this expedition and my sojourn in the
Department of the Gulf, I shall indulge in a
brief anticipatory description of them, personal
and individual.        A. C. Hills, then, was a
young fellow, not more, I should think than
eight and thirty at most, with a countenance
strongly resembling the portraits of Jack Shep-
herd in Annsworth s novel.    He had a broad,
uglyish snub nose and hazel eyes, his face
too was almost entirely beardless, with the ex-
caption of a slight mustache.     Nevertheless
his face was not unprepossessing and I should
not have been suprised if anybody had des-
cribed him as rather good looking.   His phis-
iognomy indicated intelligence, self-assurance
and approbativeness.        He had pluck, and
when Williams of the Post backed out of the
opportunity of going to Charleston in the Star
of the West, sent to relieve Major Ander-
son, Hills volunteered, thereby winning Bigelow s
favor.     After the war broke out he went
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page seventy-nine
Description:Describes journalist A. C. Hills.
Date:1862-12-04
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Bigelow, John; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.C.; Journalism; New York evening post.; New York herald.; Star of the West (Ship); Williams
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-11-16

 

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.