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                     The Departure of
ell used to speak with great respect of
Croly of the World and also of the writings of
his wife, and the young man s standard of lite-
rary excellence was evidently no high one, yet
his native sense kept him from perpetrating
such absurdities as did Hamilton and Hayes,
nor was he so wordly and sloppy as A. C. Hills,
who emancipated from the rather pedantic
standard of the Evening Post,  took it out  in
thoroughly Heraldic verbiage.        To return
to the North Star, from this long digression.
Very soon Boweryem was inspired by the
knowledge that the Post had no
correspondent aboard, so he set off down
town to try and get an engagement to accom-
pany us.    Meantime I had talked with Ham-
ilton, his wife and two children, who came
to see him off, and partaken of applejack with
the two Hills.   Loafing; confusion; irregu-
lar introductions.      Ashore after the exhaust-
ion of the applejack, to a tavern with the
Hills and the Associated Press telegrapher,
one Amos Leonard.     Whiskey-skins, dupli-
cated and triplicated.       An Italian playing
on the harp and singing a song with the
burden of  Viva Garibaldi!    Back to the
North Star and got a berth assigned me
in a cabin on deck, by Lieut. Col. Irwin,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page ninety-one
Description:Describes the day of his departure on the North Star with the Banks expedition.
Date:1862-12-04
Subject:Boweryem, George; Civil War; Croly; Croly, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Mrs.; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Howell; Irwin, Robert B.; Journalism; Leonard, Amos; Music; New York evening post.; New York herald.; New York world.; North Star (Ship); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.