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            Major Burt s Narrative of
story of the Galveston disaster.   Presently
he accompanied us to the St Charles, Cozzens
coming with him, and all the reporters having
got together (except A. C. Hills who had secured
his notes at Gen. Hamilton s) Burt gave us his
narrative, which proved exciting enough.   The
objectionable Johnstone also  rung in.  Schell
was a spectator of course.       A. G. Hills fussed,
as usual, being dreadfully nervous.       Ale and
liquors ordered for the crowd (for which I had
to pay subsequently   about # 7 worth.)    The
narrative over, the fellows dispersed to their
rooms to get to work on it, Johnstone in-
vading the apartment occupied by Howell and
Hayes, where he borrowed a quire of writing
paper from the latter and encroached on their
small table.
  5.  Monday.  In doors all day writing,
Schell drawing.   With us, the nuisance John-
stone, who when the good-natured Burt
came up again actually wanted him to dic-
tate to him literally!   I ve got as far as
 A scene of the wildest confusion now pre-
vailed,   said he.       A pretty strong expres-
sion of scorn quashed this ingenious expe-
dient.     Afterwards Johnstone got to survey-
ing his head on the looking-glass in my light
at which I revolted, telling him that he aught,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and fifty-four
Description:Regarding listening to Major Burt's tale of the naval disaster faced by the Union fleet at Galveston, Texas.
Date:1863-01-04
Subject:Burt, William L.; Civil War; Cozzens, S.W.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Howell; Johnstone; Journalism; Schell, Frank H.
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]; Galveston, [Texas]
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.