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                  Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
of her officers ashore, a sharp ready fellow who
had been in the department since the arrival of
the Union troops there.   On the steepish, sloping
muddy bank we were present when the Mayor
of the city surrendered it to Gen. Grover
The civil functionary was a shabbyish, reserved
man; there were some by-standers, white and
black.  The rebel soldiers who had occupied the 
place had, it appeared,  skedaddled  just before
our arrival.  No attempt at pursuit was made
that I heard of.     With the two Hills and the of-
ficer of the Essex I made the tour of the city,
which looked deserted, most of the houses being 
closed.     Vising the Penitentiary in which the 
Confederate troops had been quartered, we found
plenty of vestiges of their occupation; remains
of mattresses, cotton, tables, greasy bunks, cards,
canteens and other et ceteras of a slovenly camp 
and hurried departure.     Two or three natives
of the place and some negroes followed us, pick-
ing up stray articles.   I found upon the deuce
of clubs this inscription, scrawled in pencil:  You
G_d d____d s_ns of b_____s, if it were not for
your gun boats we would see you in h__l first
before we would leave this place. E. S. S.  The Es-
sex man was very curt and direct in the expression
of his sentiments to the Louisianians.  When one
of them inquired what would have happened if the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Regarding the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces.
Date:1862-12-17
Subject:Civil War; Grover, Cuvier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Military
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.