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                       The First Day
had been seized by order of Major-General
Butler,  &c; and others offering U. S. bounty
in money and lands to recruits.     The people
we met were easily distinguishable from the
Northerners, looking cowed and furtive; most
of the women wore mourning.      A warm sun-
ny morning.     Through Lafayette Square in
which a regiment was encamped, down St
Charles Street to the hotel of that name,
very recently reopened.   After waiting awhile
in the rotunda we were temporarily assigned
to a big room, where I improved the opportunity
to effect a change of underclothing, Schell ma-
king a caricature sketch of me the whilst.   Chaff
and talk.      A sell on Howell and Hayes, who
were persuaded that it was absolutely necessary
that they should procure a pass before they could
go any where in New Orleans, or even make a 
purchase at the shops.     We sent Howell to Gen.
Augur to ask for one.         Loafing in the rotunda.
Saw Gen. Hamilton, his namesake of the Times,
Shaw and Gen. Banks.       Got a room with A.
G. Hills.  He in tribulation about  missing
trunk.    Out with him in the streets, a  Norther 
prevalent, displaying a prettyish woman s
pretty legs pretty freely against the railings in
Lafayette Square.      Hills meeting a friend who
invites him to a ride on the levee accepts, leaving
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and nine
Description:Describes his first day in New Orleans.
Subject:Augur, Christopher Colon; Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.G.; Howell; Schell, Frank H.; Shaw, Charles P.; St. Charles Hotel (New Orleans, La.); Women
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Lafayette Square; St. Charles Street
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.