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                 Voyaging Southwards.
Hamilton of the Times, also, presently,
A. C. Hills, and others intermittently.  Cigars
on deck; loafing &c.     In the gulf-stream,
on the coast of North Carolina.    Most of the
correspondents aboard had expected Virginia,
I had dreaded that it might be so.       The  glee-
club of the 41st Mass. singing  Marching Along. 
A vessel in sight.      Talk of the Alabama, and
of our destination.   This is generally supposed 
to be first Ship Island, then Texas.           Hamil-
ton and his party have no doubts about it;
but I observe that they are rather cold-
shouldered by Banks and his courtiers.   Cold
weather still but growing warmer.    Dined
at 4.       Expectation of an eclipse of the moon af-
ter midnight; talk about it.               Gen. Hamilton
has large faith that Texas may be revolution-
ized and converted into free states.       He
supposes that in the event of the defeat of the
Mexicans by the troops of the French Empe-
ror, that the U. S. troops may be largely re-
inforced by refugees from the former.
  7.  Sunday.   A grand display of light
on the water; in the horizon a sea of pale
gold, almost like moonlight, the near ocean
having latent light in its very shades; gush-
es of deep sea-green checquering the broad
track of foam in our wake.           A very cold
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page ninety-nine
Description:Describes his journey south on the North Star with the Banks expedition.
Date:1862-12-06
Subject:Alabama (Ship); Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Hills, A.C.; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 41st; Military; North Star (Ship); Ocean travel; Songs; Travel
Coverage (City/State):North Carolina; Virginia
Scan Date:2010-11-16

 

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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.