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                   Aboard the North Star.
and felt nervous enough, but kept at it; A. G.
and Hamilton took refuge in a cabin, the first
almost frantic, the second distracted between
his desire to finish an awkward sketch of the
debarkation of the troops for Harpers, which he
had began, and his duty to the Times.     Finally
the two agreed to accompany A. C. Hills to the 
crescent city, hurried off to the gun boats, 
and quiet prevailed.      A. C. took charge of our
 mail.    I retired to my berth and soothed my-
self with  Orley Farm,  Howell moving into my
cabin and taking the lower shelf.      I had begun
to like him as a quiet fellow, with a good deal
of sterling sense, reminding me, in some respects,
of my brother Charley.    A quiet evening mostly
on deck, enjoying the repose after the excitement.
  18.  Thursday.   A morning aboard.  Selling 
Hayes with a story about the Captain s inten-
tion to put his carpet bag ashore, whenever he
quitted the vessel.    The youth had had an in-
terview with the mariner, who had been in a
chronic state of rile ever since the North Star
had left New York, principally because Irwin
had told him that he, the Captain, was nobody
on board his own vessel, and that all he had to
do was to obey orders.      One may imagine the
result in the maritime mind.         Furthermore
he had not been treated with any degree of respect
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Regarding the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces.
Date:1862-12-17
Subject:Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Howell; Irwin, Robert B.; McClure, Captain; Military; New York times.; North Star (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):[Baton Rouge, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2010-11-18

 

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.