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                          In New Orleans

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
with perhaps a couple of sullen, evil-looking Secesh
farmers, caught prowling, rifle in hand, in the
bushes, intent on a little amateur murder.  Often,
too, they are accompanied by a gleeful negro, over-
zealous to tell more than he knows to his friends the
Yankees.
  There are New-Yorkers who will be interested in
learning that Col. Billy Wilson s regiment arrived
at Baton Rouge yesterday morning, from Carrolton,
about eight miles above New-Orleans.  Like their
Colonel, they look bale and sturdy, and he asserts
they can do anything in the athletic way, serve ar-
tillery, swim, row, run, fight, or go without rations.
They muster only about 600 of the original corps.
Unluckily, the achievements of some members of it
tend to justify its  hard  reputation.  In coming up
the river, a party of nine rushed past the guards,
jumped into a canoe, upset it, swam ashore, stole a
barrel of whiskey from a distillery, and broke, bur-
glariously, into the house of a planter.  One of
them, named Aiken, the ringleader, resisted and
struck his officer, who, in return, shot him dead on
the spot.  They buried him where he fell, and the
steamboat continued its journey.  Col. Wilson s
men are to be quartered, rather appropriately, in the
Baton Rouge Penitentiary.
  There is a foolish story afloat, relating how a Se-
cession artist was shot on the west bank of the
river while sketching our gunboats and transports.
I can trace it to no authentic source, and believe
nothing of it.  We have no pickets or soldiers on that
side of the Mississippi.
  The  long roll  beat at daybreak this morning,
but as no firing ensued, we pronounced it one of the
many false alarms incidental to an embryo camp.
You will probably hear from me by the same mail
that conveys this, from New-Orleans.		T. B. G.

[newspaper clipping]
Guerrillas on the banks of the Mississippi 
  Attack on a Steamboat Fatal Results.
From Our Special Correspondent.
		ST. CHARLES HOTEL, NEW-ORLEANS, LA.,}
					Dec. 23, 1862.}
  The Empire Parish, a Louisiana river-boat, arrived
at this port this morning, having experienced an ad-
venture highly suggestive of the insecure state of
the locality in which it occurred.
  This was Brewery Landing, on the west bank of
the Mississippi, 3   miles below Baton Rouge.  The
steamer lay there, her hands being employed in
loading her with sugar, when upward of 200 Rebel
guerrillas, headed by the notorious Col. Talbot, sud-
denly appeared, and rushing down the bank, made
an attempt to seize the vessel.  With great presence
of mind, the officers of the steamer backed her off
into the stream, precipitating two of the assailants
who had actually got on board into it.  Seeing this,
and apprehending its escape, the Rebels on shore
discharged a volley of musketry at the boat, perfor-
ating it in 150 different places, and completely rid-
dling the pilot-house.  Unhappily I have to chronicle
unfortunate results:  Mr. C. McGill, assistant Engi-
neer, was killed instantly;  Mr. W. G. Reed, owner
of the boat, and agent for Spofford and Tileston,
New-York, received a dangerous wound, being shot
through the back; Mr. W. Clark got badly hit in the
arm, and two deck hands were more or less injured.
  The Rebels were armed only with guns and knives.
The Empire Parish had 139 hhds. of sugar on board
at the time; she would therefore have proved a valu-
able prize.  Discomfited, the assailants departed to
another river landing, where more sugar was await-
ing shipment.  The steamer returned to Baton Rouge,
to procure medical assistance, and then steamed for
New-Orleans.

[Gunn s diary continued]
to be rejoicingly cast-off
in token of enfranchisement.   When the day
came, however, the miserable truckling policy
of Gen. Banks suppressed the demonstration.
(The supersedure of Butler was a blunder
throughout, though I did not then know it,
and tried to think favorably of him, for fair
play s sake.)    With A. G. to his lodging, on
Canal Street, where he sojourned with some
officers.    Here I borrowed a pair of his trousers
and boot and took mine to be repaired.         Di-
ned with Schell where we breakfasted, at
the Southern Restaurant, Howell and Hills
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Newspaper clipping written by Gunn for ''The New York Tribune,'' regarding the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces.
Date:1862-12-21
Subject:African Americans; Aiken; Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Clark, W.; Empire Parish (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.G.; Howell; McGill, C.; Military; Reed, W.G.; Schell, Frank H.; Talbot, Colonel; Wilson, Billy
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]; Baton Rouge, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street
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.