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                          In New Orleans.
me to take a stroll about the city.    Handsome
houses, ordinary ones, square, paven street-gut-
ters, women in mourning, negresses, small
stores,  wholesale  streets like  down town  in New
York,  Secesh  glances of women and object-look-
ing men.     Returning towards the St. Charles, went
to a market and to Poydras Street, purchasing
a light coat for $2.     To the hotel.  People there,
including Gens. Banks, Augur and Grover, the
objectionable Irwin and others.    Up in room
with A. G. Hills and two naval acquaintances
who had known him in the early part of the
year, during the capture of New Orleans.   One 
of them was drunk and both talked bawdy,
principally about a certain  Brigadier-General
Dick,  a notorious harlot, who had
got or assumed that name.    One, named Powers,
had been present at the bombardment of Forts
Philip and St Mark and knew Will. Waud,
who had seen the engagement from the foretop 
of the Mississippi, in his company, and that
of sundry bottles of whiskey.    He had got drunk
with Waud often, Powers said.         I left the
three presently and went out and got an oys-
ter dinner at a restaurant kept by a Span-
iard.    His testimony as to the changed condition
of things in his business was suggestive.   Gen-
tle men would give you $20 in the morning
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and ten
Description:Describes his first day in New Orleans.
Date:1862-12-15
Subject:Augur, Christopher Colon; Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Grover, Cuvier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.G.; Irwin, Robert B.; Powers; Waud, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Poydras Street
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.