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                  Voyaging Southwards.
ciously agreed to tear  em up in concert, and
did so.         A generally harmonic day.  A sing-
ing party comprising Hamilton, Schell, Hayes,
Howell, myself and another, sitting on deck
and doing  John Brown,  our chorus being
presently reinforced by a musical sergeant,
who had escoused himself under cover of some boxes
and bellowed forth such a  Glory Hallelujah! 
as to startle us   it might have proceeded
from lungs of brass.     He joined us and others,
and our singing party waxed tremendous.    Des-
cending into Gov. Hamilton s cabin and talk-
ing with him, it presently appeared that he
and Shaw knew the Blankmans   had, indeed,
seen  Bill  with his black eye in New York.  Up-
roarous mirth thereon.
  9.  Tuesday.   A finish morning.    Addressed
by a rough-looking fellow in soldiers costume,
who makes a rambling statement about the
objects of the voyage and himself, declaring him-
self a Philadelphian and a wagon-master,
and acquaintance of Gen. Banks and much more.
He offers me his services, a horse, transporta-
tion &c, says he has two names, Harbell
his assumed one, Godsal his real &c.  Quitting
him, I am informed by little Hayes that the
fellow is a notorious scamp,  dead-beat  and
 confidence man,  that he got kicked out of the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and two
Description:Describes his journey south on the North Star with the Banks expedition.
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Blankman; Blankman, Mrs.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Harbell (Godsal); Hayes (reporter); Howell; Music; North Star (Ship); Ocean travel; Schell, Frank H.; Shaw, Charles P.; Songs; Travel
Scan Date:2010-11-17


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.