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		 PORTE CRAYON. 
  The older readers of HARPER S MAGAZINE recall with
peculiar pleasure the papers of  Porte Crayon  about thir-
ty years ago sketches of Virginian life written with de-
lightful humor and brilliantly illustrated.  They were the
work of DAVID HUNTER STROTHER, who was born in Mar-
tinsburg, Virginia, seventy-two years ago, and died at
Charleston, in the same neighborhood, on the 8th of
March.x  He was educated at schools in Virginia and in
Philadelphia, and early showed a strong inclination for
painting, which he studied with S. F. B. MORSE, the in-
ventor of the electric telegraph.  In 1840 he made the
European tour, and upon his return devoted himself to lit-
erature and art, his chief productions being his illustrated
contributions to HARPER.
  During the war General STROTHER and his father were
among the few conspicuous Virginians who remained stead-
fastly devoted to the Union.  He served throughout the
contest, first upon the staff of General PATTERSON, the
under Generals BANKS, KEARNY, POPE, and MCCLELLAN.
Finally he was chief of staff to General HUNTER, and was
obliged to resign in 1864 on account of ill health, having
been brevetted Brigadier-General for meritorious service.
His military career was characteristic of the man.  His con-
victions were strong, and his sense of duty clear.  He was
not content to wish well to the cause which he held to be
just, and his active devotion to it involved sacrifices which
only a citizen of a Southern State could know.
  After the war General STROTHER served upon the staff of
Governor PIERPONT, of Virginia, where he remained for seven
years.  His  Porte Crayon  sketches are interesting as vivid
pictures of aspects of a local life which has now become
largely legendary.  At the time of their publication they
shared the popularity of ABBOTT S illustrated Life of Napo-
leon, which was read with great and general interest and
pleasure.x
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[Gunn s handwriting]
1888.	Harper s Weekly.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the death of David Hunter Strother, otherwise known as ''Porte Crayon.''
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Hunter, David; Kearny, Philip; McClellan, George B.; Morse, Samuel Finley Breese; Obituaries; Pope, John; Strother, David Hunter
Coverage (City/State):Martinsburg, Virginia
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.