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[newspaper clipping]
  Colonel Thomas B. Thorpe, once famous as an
author, war correspondent, politician, and
artist, died at the Roosevelt Hospital, in New
York city, on September 20th, at the age of
sixty-three years.  He had been suffering for a
considerable time with Bright s disease of the
kidneys.  Colonel Thorpe was the son of the
Rev. Thomas Thorpe, a clergyman of consider-
able literary talent, and was born at Westfield,
Mass., March 1st, 1815.  He was educated in the
New York schools, and in 1833 entered the
Wesleyan University at Middletown, Conn., but
left that institution in 1836, for reasons
of health and then went to the Southwest.
Young Thorpe settled at New Orleans,
where he occasionally used the brush, but was 
chiefly occupied with politics.  Being an ardent 
partisan of Henry Clay, he early became con-
nected with the press of New Orleans, and for
some years was editor of the New Orleans Bee,
the leading Whig organ of the Southwest.  At
the outbreak of the Mexican war his zeal in
raising volunteers procured him a position on
the staff of General Worth.  He proceeded to
the headquarters of General Taylor, on the
Rio Grande, as a bearer of dispatches, and was
a witness of some of the earlier operations of
the war, which he described in a series of letters
to New York papers.  He was present at the
capture of Monterey, and his observations on
the frontier formed the materials of two
volumes,  Our Army on the Rio Grande 
(1846), and  Our Army at Monterey  (1847),
which contain valuable data, which have been
freely used by the historians of the Mexican
war.  Returning to New York in 1852, Colonel 
Thorpe wrote for the Knickerbocker and other
periodicals, and became a regular contributor to 
Harper s Weekly.  For many years he resided in
Gold-street, Brooklyn, but latterly occupied 
rooms in a studio building on Broadway, and
devoted his leisure to painting.  A large oil
painting of Niagara Falls has attracted very
favorable comment.

[Gunn s handwriting]
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and forty
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the death of Thomas B. Thorpe.
Subject:Clay, Henry; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mexican War; New Orleans bee.; Obituaries; Taylor, Zachary; Thorpe, Thomas; Thorpe, Thomas B.; Worth, William Jenkins
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Westfield, Massachusetts; Middletown, Connecticut; New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Roosevelt Hotel
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.