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                     Hamilton s Song.
formed into molten metal.    A singing-party,
the glee-club performing a ballad by Hamil-
ton of the Times, which he had written in
response to the advertised prize of money for
an American national anthem, some time back
  the business of which Richard Grant White
was the head.      This production was of mere-
ly average merit, entitled  Columbia the hope
of the World,  and Hamilton got the singers
to practise it in our cabin, to a tune by An-
schutz, which he repeated to them, with immense
zeal and importance.        He  dedicated  it to Gen.
Banks and fussed over it to that extent that
it got to be a joke among us.   It began as fol-
lows:
   Columbia!  the bright happy star of the West!
	Whose footprints by tyrants ne er trod!
(or something of the kind.)
    Where man was created untrammell d and
	blest
       In freedom, untainted, by God! 
The fellows got to parodying it with any ridi-
culous doggrel they could think of; the last
line of the above verse being rendered
        In freedom   and painted, by G_d! 
in allusion to the American aborigines.    He
gave us all copies of the song to be inserted in
our letters about the voyage but we all mali-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and one
Description:Regarding a patriotic song written by Hamilton.
Date:1862-12-08
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Music; North Star (Ship); Ocean travel; Songs; Travel; White, Richard Grant
Scan Date:2010-11-17

 

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.