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                  The Re-occupation of
and exhortation, after which they all joined
in the noble hymn beginning
	 Am I a soldier of the cross,
	     A follower of the Lamb? 
The men were, generally, fine stalwart looking
fellows and sung with earnestness, while the good
chaplain had tears in his eyes as he spoke.  We
all expected that we should have a fight on the
morrow, and the preparation was solemn enough.
Afterwards I walked up and down with Hamil-
ton on the hurricane-deck.   He was friendly and
nervous, talked about his wife and family, and
about keeping out of danger.  Presently we descen-
ded to his cabin, where he had a bottle of whis-
key and talked till 12; then turned in.
  17.  Wednesday.   Steaming ahead at early
morning.   Up with the gun-boats.   The Essex
the most prominent of these, looking like an
infernal ferry boat, fresh from Cocytus or
Phlegethon.   Swiftly up the Baton Rouge, expect-
ing all the time shot and shell to come smash-
ing in among us.  But the capitol of Louisiana 
lay all quiet in the fresh morning sunshine.
Two or three shells from the Essex aimed over
the town, provoking no response, debarkation
occurred incontinently.   We, correspondents got
off after some asinine demur on the part of Chick-
ering.  Crossing the Essex we accompanied one
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and thirteen
Description:Regarding the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces.
Date:1862-12-16
Subject:Chickering, Thomas E.; Civil War; Essex (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Mrs.; Lane (chaplain); Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 41st; Military; North Star (Ship); Songs
Coverage (City/State):Baton Rouge, 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.