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               In the Lafourche Country.
Bayou Boeuf, Ramot, Bradshaw city   80
miles, and our destination.     The country geo-
logic, not fit for human habitation for a thou-
sand years or so.       Grey weird-looking moss
hanging by the yard long, completely hiding
the vegetation of the trees, intricate bayous, the
haunt of the alligator and mud-turtle, burnt
bridges, scenes of fights and skirmishes.  We
had alighted at Boutte and saw the negro-
soldiers at drill, necessitating a run to catch
the train.    All this time I had been suffering
from a fester in my ear, the pain of which
kept increasing.   At Brashear City, went aboard
a gun-boat, inquiring for a captain to whom
Herbert had given me a note of introduction.
This vessel was a captured blockade-runner,
of course English built.   After some talk with
naval officers and a visit to a shabby, third-
rate  hotel  we got invited to a meal on board
the gun-boat, and partook of oyster-stew and
sardines with all the relish of hunger.      Then
to the dreary hotel, where I was fain to ascend
to a three-bedded room, one bed of which was
already occupied by a Frenchman or French-
speaking creole.   I have forgot to mention that
Blake had left us at La fourche, his absence
being made good by a Mr Breed or Reed of the
same commission.    He and A. G. Hills strol-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Describes his journey by railroad into the Louisiana countryside.
Date:1862-12-31
Subject:Blake, Dr.; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Herbert, J.R.; Hills, A.G.; Railroad; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Brashear City, [Louisiana]; Lafourche, [Louisiana]
Scan Date:2010-11-18

 

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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.