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                     Our Quarters
Arrival of Hills, Shaw and the Irish lieute-
nant, O Gorman; drink and talk, then sup-
per with a little military crowd.   To a  min-
strel  entertainment, given by real negroes and
very well done.   Then back to quarters; then
with Howell to the big house.     Two of the lower
rooms locked up, so we slept in an upper-
chamber, on a double bed, with a couple of mat-
tresses beneath us and two coverlets above.
  11.  Sunday.   Somebody moving about below,
early, who subsequently proved to be Mann,
with whom the negroes supposed I had slept.
He had departed, after his visit.        Breakfast
provided by the negress, his slave, who lived
in the rear and served us in her little room.
I had seen her yesterday.   While we sat
eating there entered a young fellow, a lad of
about 18, who spoke to the negroes and ans-
wered me when spoken to.  He was the son of
our involuntary landlord, his name Nat,
and, as I learnt afterwards, had run away
from school to join the Confederate Army, but
had been brought back by his father.   His moth-
er lay dying of cancer and begged the boy to
stay at home.    She dying, Mann, at the instiga-
tion of a sister-in-law (whom the negroes seem-
ed to hate) moved over the river.   Howell and
I, after taking an observation of the premises,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and sixty-nine
Description:Regarding his quarters at Baton Rouge at the house of Mr. Mann.
Date:1863-01-10
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Howell; Mann; Mann, Mrs.; Mann, Nat; O'Gorman, Lieutenant; Shaw, Charles P.; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):[Baton Rouge, 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.