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                       Sugar-Planters.
Southern sources.   Knapp spoke of the slave
who had attempted to escape as  idiotic,  said  he
had got the devil in him &c.    He declared that
negroes were  like soldiers,   you couldn t get
on with them without flogging.    From this plan-
tation we all adjourned to another, riding
thither in two carriages, along the levee.   The 
proprietor was a Major Walker, a middle-
aged man of German descent, who owed his
title to his having belonged to the rebel  home-
guard.    A polite but dangerous and cruel
rebel was this Walker, as we learnt subse-
quently; in all probability he would rather
have assisted at cutting the throats of a party
of  Yankees  than showing them over his place,
with elaborate courtesy.      His mill was an
extensive one in full blast (in spite of the
day) and we saw the whole process of sugar-
making from the putting in of the ripe cane
into a sort of spout, outside the building, to its
conversion into sparkling crystallized sugar,
or colorless overproof rum.       Most of the ne-
groes at work were half-naked, looking very
barbarous.   Return to a dilatory two-hours
dinner, with claret, Madeira and a little cham-
pagne.    Arrived of Brig-Gen. Weitzel.   All
the talk slave-holding Unionism.      Weitzel
and Strother s healths drank.     Sat with Schell
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and forty-four
Description:Describes a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana.
Date:1862-12-28
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knapp, Dr.; Schell, Frank H.; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; Strother, David Hunter; Walker, Major; Weitzel, G.
Coverage (City/State):[Louisiana]
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.