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                A Journey to Berwick Bay
out our expedition into the La fourche coun-
try, Schell declining to join us.    Breakfasted
alone at the St Charles, then accompanied
Hills and a Dr Blake, of the Sanitary Com-
mission to the Richelieu restaurant, where they
got a meal, then off.         A sunny April-like
morning succeeding a blusterous night; the
hour early, the streets quiet and unfrequented.
By the ferry-boat to Algiers, and through its
dingy streets to the Railroad depot.     Off west-
wards.       In front of us sat an elderly man
who responded to some remark by a companion
on the number of civilians in the car with
 Northern spies, I reckon.       Passed Gretna,
Jefferson, and St Charles and at Boutte   a
distance of 24 miles   came to the head-quar-
ters of the 2nd Louisiana colored regiment,
composed of free negroes who had voluntarily
enlisted in the U. S. service.        Here we were
introduced to a Col. S. H. Strafford, who
had been deputy provost-marshal in New
Orleans at the time of the hanging of Mumford,
and superintended the execution.     Onwards.
A flat, low country, thistle-artichokes, corn-
stalks, rotting fields of ungathered sugar-
cane.   Bayous des Allemands, Racellan, Oak
Grove, La Fourche, Terre bonne, Chicka-
houla, Tigerville, L Ourse   70 miles.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes his journey by railroad into the Louisiana countryside.
Subject:African Americans; African American troops; Blake, Dr.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Louisiana Colored Infantry Regiment, 2nd; Military; Railroad; Schell, Frank H.; Strafford, S.H.; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Boutte, [Louisiana]
Scan Date:2010-12-29


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.