The North Star.
Banks Assistant-Adjutant General the
which person was a supercilious beast, who
got himself immensely detested afterwards by
everybody. My cabin lay aft and I shared
it with Hamilton and the Boston Hills, occupy-
ing the top-berth. So the day passed. We
did not get off till near 5, Gen. Banks
coming on board from the Battery. Here
too, A. C. Hills and Schell returning from
ashore, where they had been to get dinner,
were accompanied in their boat by Bowery-
em, whom I did nt see and who hadn t
been engaged for the Post on the grounds that
it already possessed a correspondent on board.
So the little man put back again without
ascending to the deck of the North Star. A
confused tea or supper, as we lay off the Bat-
tery, and much pacing up and down on
deck afterwards. Anon turned into berth,
in one s clothes all but shirt and boots, cover-
ed by the same hairy old Talma or coat-cloak
which I ve had any tie this ten years,
and which served as a substitute for a blanket.
Mind over-lively, increased by my not having
slept last night, except towards morning.
5. Friday. Out dressed before day break.
A raw, chilly, splashy prospect. Fellows up
and washing under difficulties. An early
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page ninety-two|
|Description:||Describes the day of his departure on the North Star with the Banks expedition.|
|Subject:||Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Boweryem, George; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Irwin, Robert B.; Journalism; New York evening post.; North Star (Ship); Ocean travel; Schell, Frank H.; Travel|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|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.|