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               A Louisiana Sugar-Mill,
and smoked, of course.     Past the old bat-
tle ground, where so many Britons got killed;
the trees under which the doctors attended to
the wounded being pointed out; the place
where Packenham fell, &c.    Swamp, fields
of sugar-cane, trees covered with moss, a
long flat landscape.
   In the Louisiana lowlands, lowlands,
	In the Louisiana lowlands, low! 
As the chorus of a popular song has it.   We
saw occasional live-oaks of magnificent
proportions.    The vicinity of the lake and ri-
ver afforded many opportunities of smuggling
goods to the rebels, in this part of the country,
which was done, to Butler s great wrath, on
Sawyer s report.     Debarking we found a
Dr Knapp awaiting us.       His wife had been
in the centre car, talked to by Strother.        Her
husband was a man of northern birth, a
dentist who had an establishment in Canal
Street (the Broadway of New Orleans) who
owned a sugar plantation and slaves.   He
welcomed us to his house, a rather decayed-
looking wooden one, where first of all we
drank and then strolled out to see the
premises.   Through the garden, where contain-
ed orange trees and American aloes, to
the sugar house, where we walked along
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Describes a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana.
Date:1862-12-28
Subject:Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knapp, Dr.; Knapp, Mrs.; Sawyer, Captain (Connecticut); Songs; Strother, David Hunter
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, 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.