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                     Jack Hamilton 
sea sickness, prostrating poor A. G. Hills:
I am all right, as usual.     To berth and a
sound nights sleep, of just three naps.
  6.  Saturday.   A sunny, breezy morning,
and a flock of wild sea-birds akin to those
haunting Calypso s grotto in Homer, swooping
and plunging over the broad foam-track in
our wake:
 All who unto their work on the briny billow awa-
	ken. 
On deck, exhilarant.  Talk with Shaw and
the  Governor.   The former was a little, dap-
per, spectacled man, not thirty, a New York
lawyer, approbative, good humored and lively,
a curious contrast to the Texan, his chief,
whom I got to like extremely, as a good speci-
men of the Southern unionist, an honest, rugged
patriot (in the best sense of that much abused
word) who had been hunted for his life and
suffered terribly for his opposition to secession.
He didn t cackle about it, either, but when
one got intimate with him, would tell of circum-
stances which more than touched you.  He had
been present at his daughter s funeral, when to
do so was to risk his life; he had had to
leave his wife and children in the midst of
enemies to live like a hunted animal.   He used
to talk to me about his children, till you could
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page ninety-six
Description:Describes Andrew Jackson Hamilton.
Date:1862-12-05
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Mrs.; Hills, A.G.; Ocean travel; Shaw, Charles P.; Travel
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.