To Baton Rouge.
9 at Baton Rouge, where, disembarking I
was incontinently collared by an Irish lieute-
nant, on the watch for an expected gambler
and spy. With Hills and Shaw to an house
opposite the office of the Provost-Marshal s. I
go off alone to the residence of that officer, Capt.
Seamans, and find him in his dressing gown,
after breakfast. I retail the Galveston and
New Orleans news and am invited to dinner.
Enter a Mr Kahn, the owner of the house, who
has come up with us on board the Laurel Hill.
Also, presently, a Mr Mann, who owns a hand-
some house adjoining, but has quitted it, with
his family, for a residence on the other side of
the river, half a mile up. He came to Seamans
saying that if a fight occurred in his new vi-
cinity he should prefer moving, so that his
house might not intervene between the enemy
and the shells of the Essex. Seamans reassu-
ring him he left, before dinner. After the meal,
a bottle of champagne and cigars. Seamans as-
signed Mann s big house, next door, to me as
quarters. Visiting it I found it a roomy one,
with plenty of mattresses and some furniture.
Returning to where I had left Hills and Shaw,
I found Howell, who told me that things were
dull enough at Baton Rouge, only they expected
some demonstration against Port Hudson soon.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and sixty-eight|
|Description:||Describes his arrival at Baton Rouge.|
|Subject:||Civil War; Essex (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Howell; Kahn; Mann; O'Gorman, Lieutenant; Seamans, William H.; Shaw, Charles P.|
|Coverage (City/State):||Baton Rouge, [Louisiana]|
|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.|