At the Theatre.
joining us there, the latter worried and ner-
vous. In the evening to the theatre, the Va-
rieties, to which Thorpe had given us tickets.
The audience was partly military, partly civil,
not very many women being present. They play-
ed Tobin s Honeymoon and the Statestruck tai-
lor. The prima donna was a good looking En-
glishwoman, a Mrs Gladstone. Gen. Butler
occupied one of the boxes with some officers of
his staff, his appearance eliciting a round of
applause. (He was far from unpopular among
the poorer classes in New Orleans, whom he had
set to work and relieved from the misery brought
upon them by Secession.) Also Gen. Hamilton
Shaw, Burt, Herbert and Judge Peabody
were present indeed everybody of note, ex-
cepting Banks. Hamilton wore his Briga-
dier General s uniform but didn t look well
in it. We of the press knowing everybody, get-
ting nods and forming a little free and easy
chaffy party got rather looked at by the audience
in the easy intervals between the performance.
Oysters with Howell and Schell afterwards.
To bed by 12 1/2 after half an hours loafing
in the Rotunda of the St Charles. In many re-
pects this period of my life reminded me of
my experience at Charleston in Secession-time;
the associations were not very dissimilar.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and twenty-seven|
|Description:||Describes attending the theater at New Orleans.|
|Subject:||Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Burt, William L.; Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Gladstone, Mrs. (Boutcher); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Herbert, J.R.; Howell; Peabody, C.A.; Shaw, Charles P.; Schell, Frank H.; Theater; Thorpe, Thomas B.|
|Coverage (City/State):||New Orleans, [Louisiana]|
|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.|