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                     Up the Mississippi.
known on the Evening post, now here as the
New Orleans correspondent of the World, very
drunk and talking to Hills (A. C.) and
Howell.  Me he recognized and welcomed en-
thusiastically, only demurring at my representing
 such a d____d black republican sheet as the
Tribune.       Off in a carriage with A. C. Hills
and Howell, to the old North Star, where
the other fellows arrived afterwards.  Hamilton
had vacillated very much about it, being, in
truth afraid of danger, but he did show up
at last.     Appearance of Gen. Grover, who had
command of the expedition, and his staff.    The
inevitable delay.     Got off by 10, and steamed
up the Mississippi.     A cold, sunny day.   Tents
on shore, lonely plantations, negroes.    All day
thus the gun-boats ahead of us, the transports
following.   Came to anchor near Donaldson-
ville.        A most picturesque sight, a bon-
fire blazing on shore, kindled by some encamp-
ed soldiers, the transports on the still water, 
with colored lamps in their rigging and the many
stars shining magnificently overhead.   Below
a striking scene, as many soldiers as could
crowd into the spacious saloon of the North Star
having assembled, Gen. Grover and the officers
at the further end, and the chaplain Lane, of
the 41st Mass. addressing them with prayer
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and twelve
Description:Regarding the departure of the North Star from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
Date:1862-12-16
Subject:Civil War; Grover, Cuvier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hills, A.C.; Howell; Journalism; Lane (chaplain); Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 41st; Military; New York tribune.; New York world.; North Star (Ship); Ripley, Philip
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]; Donaldsonville, [Louisiana]
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.