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Voyage of the North Star.

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    Edward L. Noyes,		Francis E. Boyd,
    John L. Swift			G. Frank Stevens,
    Frederick G. Pope,		Wm. H. Seamans.
    James W. Hervey,		Wesley A. Gore,
    C. T. Batchelder,		C. W. C. Rhoades,
    Wm. T. Hodges,		Henry C. Dane,
    Wm. M. Gifford,		David P. Muzzey,
    Eliph. H. Robbins,		John H. Weston,
    Charles Stone,			John C. Gray, jr.,
    Theo. C. Otis,			Amos Henfield,
    Wm. Harris, jr.			John Commerford.
  These with the eight companies of the regiment
before mentioned about 650 men (two companies,
completing the three years  quota of the gallant old
Bay State, will follow with Gen. Andrews) with a
minimum of civilians, wagon-masters, teamsters, and
the officers and crew of the vessel, comprised our 
complement of voyagers in all less than a thousand
  Since the departure of the naval expedition for the
reduction of Hilton Head, in the autumn of 1861, no
such interest, curiosity, and mystery can have ex-
isted on board a vessel, as freighted the North Star in
her outward-bound voyage from New-York.  Preceded
by the meager but suggestive admissions and guesses
of the press, stimulated by the magnitude of the
preparations and the carefully-guarded secret of our 
destination, we who were part of the enterprise,
realized in the highest sense the peculiarities of our
position.  The majority of us embarked in a state of
absolute ignorance or the most perplexing doubt.
Some I speak now of the corps reportorial ex-
pected Richmond, by way of the James River,
others, an approach to that Rebel capital, via North
Carolina, others, Charleston;  I myself had volun
teered expressly for ***** with, however, a slight
undercurrent of apprehension lest I might be mis-
taken and find myself again committed to that ac-
cursed Virginia soil, synonymous in my estimation
with mud, mischance, misery, and all atrocious al-
literatures that I can lay pen to.  Wherefore I
breathed conditionally until the expiration of two 
days had assured me that we were certainly bound
for somewhere southward of Old Point Comfort a
name suggestive of the bitterest irony.  Then I
paced the deck in exultation and hurrahed mentally
for the five stars above mentioned.
  Among the many indications of TEXAS on board
(there! part of the secret is out, but only part of it),
including boxes and ammunition so directed, was
the presence of the future Military Governor of the
ex-republic, better known there as Col. A. J. Ham-
ilton most of us have heard of, and many seen him
 the stanch Southern loyalist and member of Con-
gress who did more than afford New-York a sensa-
tion during the past two months.  We all know his
story, or something of it.  An Alabamian born, a
Texan by adoption, he was the only one from his
section who, during the last wicked, shameful days
of the Buchanan Administration, sternly refused to
join the traitors then openly conspiring against their
country, resisting both cajolery and menace.  For

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nearly twelve months he maintained a brave fight 
on behalf of the Union, his residence, Austin, the
capital of the State, being a rallying place for the
few devoted men who resisted the madness of the
time.  But the bloody tide of treason rose higher 
and higher; it surged over only too many, burying 
them in nameless graves; it swept others from home, 
kindred, friends, everything there was no help; the
Texan loyalists were hemmed in, isolated, they must
escape or die, ad the Colonel came north to tell a
story fit to turn men s eyes into a fountain of tears
and their blood to fire, of what it costs to love one s 
country in Texas.  He returns, now,  out of the
nettle danger to pluck the flower safety,  to offer
good for evil, and, as we hope, to extend and popu-
larize the tremendous reaction that lies latent in the
people of his immense country.
  I should say he was just the man to do it.  A
strong man, of resolute, grave and kindly aspect;
quietly self-respective and less demonstrative than
we are apt to suppose Southern men; his feelings ev-
idently running in a deep, intense channel: when I
look at Gen. Hamilton and think of what he has un-
dergone, I experience a realizing sense of the mean-
ing of the idea of American Unity, which some of
us have at times questioned, after the teaching of
our European friends, doubting whether it may not
be a fanaticism after all.  Wife, children, home,
friends; the good opinion of those we have known,
whose estimation forms part of our past life, these
are dear sacrifices at the shrine of an idea an opin-
ion!  especially when in lieu o them is set before
us only the hard and thorny path of Duty, leading
certainly through difficulties and dangers perhaps
to death.  I believe in Gen. Hamilton of Texas.
His presence is an augury of success to the expedi-
  Of the other notables on board the North Star I
need say but little, having catalogued them.  It were
superfluous to speak of Gen. Banks, a name uniform-
ly accepted as of good promise and faithful per-
formance; whose merit has never been disputed, an
encomium hardly applicable to any other of our 
generals.  Gen. Augur, a West Pointer, who has
served with distinction in Mexico and on the fron-
tiers, who was wounded at Cedar Mountain, is our
most recently-appointed Major-General, and looks, 
from head to heel, a soldier, very much after the
English Horse Guards pattern.  Gen. Grover fought
gallantly throughout the disastrous Peninsula cam-
paign, and will soon deservedly, be a full Major.
Dr. Alexander, a life-long army surgeon of position 
and reputation, already ranking as Major, intends
to organize an ambulance corps, armed, equipped
and in all respects subject to military discipline a
thing very much needed in our army, the lack of
which cost us hundreds of lives in Virginia.  Judge
Peabody, of the Supreme Court of New-York, goes
out with authority delegated from Washington rela-
tive to all civil jurisdiction in our already acquired 
ultra Southern territory, and that shortly to be re-
summed by the United States Government, the legal
center of which will be New-Orleans.  As the
Judge s decision relative to all questions that may
arise is next to absolute, being amenable only to his
senders at the Capitoal, we can easily estimate the 
importance of his position: he is in fact an embodied
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page eighty
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:Andrews, George; Augur, Christopher Colon; Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Batchelder, C.T.; Boyd, Francis E.; Civil War; Commerford, John; Dane, Henry C.; Gifford, William M.; Gore, Wesley A.; Gray, John C., Jr.; Grover, Cuvier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Harris, William, Jr.; Henfield, Amos; Hervey, James W.; Hodges, William T.; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 41st; Military; Muzzey, David P.; New York tribune.; North Star (Ship); Noyes, Edward L.; Otis, Theo. C.; Peabody, C.A.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pope, Frederick G.; Rhoades, C.W.C.; Robbins, Eliph. H.; Seamans, William H.; Stevens, G. Frank; Stone, Charles; Swift, John L.; Travel; Weston, John H.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; New Orleans, [Louisiana]; Virginia; Texas
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.