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                       Baton Rouge, and
flotilla had been fired on he sweetly responded
that the Essex would not have left a grease spot 
of Baton Rouge.    It was a d____d Secession hole
anyway, he remarked further and he believed
in doing things in the rough.  He talked also of
the fight at the place in August, when
Williams got killed.    I got a bullet-mould
(which I gave subsequently to Jack Edwards)
and some other  trophies.    Crossing a street
we came upon a woman who avowed herself  a
Yankee  though long a resident of Baton Rouge,
with one or two slaves.      She complained that a
shell had burst in her garden and objurgated
the rebel troops who had run away, declaring 
that she hated cowards.    One of her slaves, not
a bad-looking mulatto girl, got us a glass
of water.   Returning to the North Star, we
of the press got to scribbling, being presently
joined by Hamilton and A. G. Hills.      Our work
had to be done hurriedly and under some dis
advantages, for we didn t know but that the
returning gun-boat by which we wanted to send
our letters to New Orleans would not start every 
minute, there was a great bustle aboard, the
servants were setting out dinner in the saloon
in which we wrote, while overhead the brass
band of the 41st Mass was playing in a mad-
dening manner.   I had a terrible headache
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and fifteen
Description:Regarding the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces.
Date:1862-12-17
Subject:Civil War; Edwards, John; Essex (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hills, A.G.; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 41st; Military; Music; Slaves; Williams, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):Baton Rouge, [Louisiana]
Scan Date:2010-11-18

 

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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.