Ship Island, Mississippi.
Prospects of Ship Island by tomorrow mor-
ning. Presents of champagne from Herbert. An
evening scribbling in the cabin. A. G. Hills ner-
vously miserable about his letter to the Boston
Journal: he well for the first day since the be-
ginning of the voyage. Hamilton reads his letter
aloud to us. An irruption of fellows; whiskey,
talk, singing. Subsequently wrote a private let-
ter to Gay, telling him what I had learnt from
Herbert; the plans to bring Texas back into the
Union which Gen. Hamilton and his party hoped
and believed that the Banks expedition was de-
signed to carry out. These I got in confidence,
nor were they to be published unless hereafter.
13. Saturday. Ship Island, Mississippi.
A long curvalinear island of fine white sand,
perhaps seven miles in extent, its eastern end
rendered picturesque with live oaks and cedars,
its surface intersected with sandy ravines and
ditches, a bayou almost dividing it, and on
the western extremity a few palms and a scanty
growth of coarse grass. A fort commanding
the only channel by which the harbor can be
approached, and, to the east, a lighthouse.
Half a dozen buildings of the sutler s store
order, all extemporized during the war. Ves-
sels arriving, crowded with soldiers; I count-
ed sixteen of them. Gen. Banks and Gen.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and five|
|Description:||Describes Ship Island, Mississippi.|
|Subject:||Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Gay, Sidney H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Herbert, J.R.; Hills, A.G.; Journalism; North Star (Ship); Ocean travel; Travel|
|Coverage (City/State):||Ship Island, Mississippi; Texas|
|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.|