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                   On board the North Star,
by the military party, who were generally very
much engrossed with ideas of their own importance.
Hence the captain regarded all passengers, military
or civil, as nuisances, and we, unoffending reporters,
being but imperfectly recognized by his assistants
had fared but poorly.         So Hayes, falling into
conversation with the curt captain, had innocently
added fuel to the flame of anger that was con-
suming him by telling him that he, the captain,
 ought to be proud  of his recent office, when an
explosion followed, on which we based our  sell. 
To remedy it the lad went to the captain and
steward.    After some laughter, a better state of
things was inaugurated and we invited to share
the captain s table.      Ashore, after dinner, in
boat.    Gen. Grover, Major Robinson and others
on the levee.    A ramble, the particulars of
which are detailed in the Tribune letter on
the opposite page.  I wrote one, as told, about the
capture of Baton Rouge, but it was printed on
t other side of the page containing the voyage of
the North Star.                Loafing on deck in the
evening, spouting poetry and telling stories with
Schell and Howell.
  19.  Friday.   A day aboard.  Scribbling.
  20.  Saturday.   The North Star up against 
the wharf.   With Schell and Howell into the city,
the particulars related in Tribune letter on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes time spent aboard the North Star by Baton Rouge.
Date:1862-12-18
Subject:Civil War; Grover, Cuvier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Howell; Journalism; McClure, Captain; Military; New York tribune.; North Star (Ship); Robinson, Harai; Schell, Frank H.
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.