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                A Supper at Col. Thorpe s.
Thorpe showed very well and gave us a capi-
tal supper, beginning with just the finest oyster-
soup, or stew, I had ever tasted.       New Orleans
oysters are enormous in size; these were delicious
in flavor   intensely oysterish as it were, one
containing the flavor of half a dozen ordinary
bivalves.      There were birds, too, and wines, of
course including champagne.         Thorpe told some
good stories and some old ones, Strother em-
ulating him in the latter.    He was most amu-
sing to me when talking of New Orleans in ante-
Secession times; when, after dark, one had to
walk in the middle of the street for fear of
attack and assassination; and two or three
murders were the daily average.   The
wife of Col. Thorpe was present, a Northern
woman who spoke of the rigid exclusiveness of
the Southern ladies towards her.           A Col. De-
ming appeared in the course of the evening.    We
had punch, grog and cigars and kept it up
till about midnight.
  22.  Monday.   I share a longish two bed-
ded room with Schell on the right or east
side of the building.   Out with A. G. Hills
to the City Hall in Lafayette Square, there
to be present at the Farewell Reception of
the officers and citizens by Gen. Butler to whom
I was introduced, and who, speaking of the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes a dinner party hosted by Colonel Thorpe.
Subject:Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Deming, Colonel; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.G.; Military; Schell, Frank H.; Strother, David Hunter; Thorpe, Thomas B.; Thorpe, Thomas B., Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Lafayette Square
Scan Date:2010-11-18


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.