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                             A. G. Hills.
military cap, decided-
ly prepossing in appearance,
good-natured and appro-
bative but terribly ner-
vous and apprehensive
of other fellows  getting a-
head  of him in the exer-
cise of his business   in-
deed morbidly jealous of 
it.     His first remark when
introduced to me was to
the effect that we should-
n t conflict, as Boston lay
one mail further than
New York, putting rival-

[newspaper clipping continued]
and sup.  These, with a good deal of novel reading,
checkers, cards, chess and domino-playing and gen-
eral fraternization fill up the time not devoted to
sleep and the contemplation of the ocean.  General
Banks and staff precede us in the matter of meals, as
beseems their position; the officers of the 41st Mass.
and we civilians, being accommodated but twice a
day at second tables.  Altogether we got on pretty
satisfactorily.  I have heard Cornelius Vanderbilt
depreciated and his patriotism and provender ques-
tioned over our dinner table, but the gentleman who
did it was evidently bilious and physically demoral-
ized by sea-sickness.  I think we might possibly go
further and fare worse, and may have to do so before
the end of our expedition.
  We have, beside the band on board, a glee club,
also belonging to 41st Massachusetts, comprising a
quintet of voices.  Grouped on deck during the 
fine semi-tropical nights, with the bright moon flood-
ing the ocean with silver from above, and the phos-
phorent water dashing and a sparking below, they
often oblige us with an agreeable concert, singing,
generally sentimental and patriotic songs.  I think
 Marching Along!  with the substitution of the 
name of Gen. Banks for that of McClellan is the
most popular.  Lat night we got up such a chorus
to  John Brown,  that it might have disturbed the
slumer of the mer-children below, doubtless
necessitating the spanking of them for crying with
the convenient tails of their mothers.
  To end a prodigiously long letter which I close
now, intending to indite another, under a fresher date,
which will probably reach you at the same time that
this does we expect two or three more days of salt
water, and then, perhaps debarkation.  But where?
You will learn definitely in due time from  T. B. G.

[Gunn s diary continued]
ry in point of time out of the question.   A tho-
rough Bostonian in sentiment and principle
he had a higher estimate of duty than most
New Yorkers, but his nervousness and self-
distrust rendered him sometimes capable of
resorting to underhand means of equalling his
dreaded competitors.      He was conscientious
and afraid of not being up to the exigences
of his position.   A married man, he had
insured his life before starting on the expedition.
He had accompanied the Farragut expedition,
which took New Orleans, lived and Ship Island
and known Will Waud, then and there.      He
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page eighty-four
Description:Describes journalist A. G. Hills.
Date:1862-12-04
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.G.; Journalism; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 41st; McClellan, George B.; Military; Music; Ocean travel; Travel; Vanderbilt, Cornelius; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]; New Orleans, [Louisiana]
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.