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                           Baton Rouge.

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however, that some of the young ladies took an op-
posite view of matters; nay, that they looked up lit-
tle Secesh flags, stowed away in old cupboards,
presses and bonnet-boxes, wherewith to welcome
their  deliverers.   If so they may e en put them
back again.  Individually, I was content for my
dwelling is on the outskirts, and with its pediment
and piazza would afford an eligible mark for shell
practice.  It has had one of those projectiles through
it already, before my occupancy.
  I write this on board the steamer Morning Light,
which, in half an hour or so, will steam for New-
Orleans.  She came hither yesterday evening, bring-
ing only passengers.  Among these were arrested
four persons one a woman.  The most notable is a
certain Duvall, a New-York gambler, suspected of
being a Confederate spy and scoundrel in general.
The two men are held as his accomplices.  What
the woman is charged with has not yet appeared 
probably attempting to smuggle contraband goods
through our lines.  It is not three days back since
quinine, gold lace, &c., were discovered beneath
feminine crinoline.  The arrests are due to the vigil-
ance of Lieut. O Gorman, one of Capt. Seaman s
assistants. 
  We hear of the arrival of Northern papers at
New-Orleans, to the date of the 30th of December.
I have seen nothing later than the 20th.	T. B. G.
		             

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False Alarms Vigilance and Alacrity of
  the Troops Active Operations Expected
  Soon.
From Our Special Correspondent.
		BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 14, 1863 noon.
  I write this on board the Eastern Queen, which
arrived here an hour ago, bringing Gen. Auger and
staff.  She returns incontinently to New-Orleans; 
hence I avail myself of the opportunity to send a
brief letter, which will probably reach you simul-
taneously with that written on the morning of the
12th.
  With the exception of a mock alarm, got up with
the sensible intention of accustoming the troops to
the real article, yesterday afternoon, everything has
been quiet at Baton Rouge, since the date of the
above-mentioned letter.  The soldiers turned out
briskly enough; what with troopers galloping
down the road, aids-de-camp hurrying hither and
thither, skirmishes deploying to the right and left,
infantry drawn up in line, lying upon their stomachs,
or manning the trenches, there was quite a pretty
display, which I (being previously informed as to its
object) enjoyed thoroughly.  If there be many cases
of dyspepsia in the ranks, I think they must have
experienced considerably relief in consequence.  We
slept after it more tranquilly than on the previous
night, when there was some real apprehension of 
attack on the part of the Rebels.
  The 8th New-Hampshire, posted on the other side
of the river, and half a mile up it, in the immediate
vicinity of a large force of Rebels, both cavalry and
infantry, has been withdrawn.  It is now part of
our garrison.  Our entire force is now compactly
encamped in and on the immediate outskirts of Baton
Rouge.  A little too compactly, think some of our
officers, who assert that it might be difficult to get
more than a limited number of our regiments into

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action with necessary promptitude.  I venture no
opinion on the matter, simply chronicling what I
hear.
  Gen. Auger states that Gen. Banks will be here
to-morrow.  This may involve active operations, or
prove a mere visit of inspection.  I hear, too, that
the camp at Carrollton, twelve miles above New-
Orleans, will be transported bodily hither, immedia-
ately.					T. B. G.

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Arrival of Gen. Banks at Baton Rouge 
  A Mare s Nest Pitiful Story of a Poor
  Slaveowner. 
From Our Special Correspondent.
		BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 22, 1863 Noon.
  Gen. Banks arrived here, this morning, on a day s
visit of inspection.  I suppose this fact justifies my
writing a letter to THE TRIBUNE; otherwise the
week intervening between this daye and that of my
last has afforded nothing of interest beyond the bar-
est of items such as might be stereotyped as inev-
itably appertaining to the military occupation of a
fourth-rate rebel city.  Such as they are, however, I
shall chronicle them, putting the General in the
foreground as an apology.
  We had been told to expect him by the advent of
Gen. Auger, who came here on the 14th, taking up
his quarters in a handsome house on Third street,
not a stone s throw from those of Gen. Grover.  He 
did not assume command of the post, over that offi-
cer, until the 19th.  Then it was generally under-
stood that Gen. Banks would follow him, just as
soon as he could spare time to do so, not, however,
to remain.  And to-day the New-Brunswick brought
him and a portion of his staff, also Gen. Weitzel.
They will return to-morrow, and your correspondent
with them, trusting to that opportunity to inform
you of anything more important than a review, that
may, by any possibility, take place.  In the mean
time, as the Sallie Robinson proposes to start at
some perfectly indefinite hour during the afternoon
or evening, I avail myself of the opportunity for a
little fugitive itemizing.
  Some few days ago, a negro was arrested just out-
side our lines, whither he had gone from within, for
the purpose of concealing sundry wagon-loads of cot-
ton, by depositing them in a wood, by order of his
master.  Of course the cotton will be confis-
cated.  The ex-owner of the slave had prudently
fled before the carrying out of his instructions.
  On the night of the 16th, the report of another ar-
rest, involving details of a startling character, excited
surprises almost consternation throughout the camp.
It was asserted that upon the person of a man appre-
hended while endeavoring to pass our outposts, had
been discovered maps and plans of our intrench-
ments, the disposition of our forces, their numbers,
armament, &c. even copies of the morning s brig-
ade reports in short, everything that the enemy
could desire to know.  Also, that upon the spy s
being conveyed to the presence of the Lieutenant-
Colonel of the regiment of his captor, that gentleman
had politely allowed him to go about his business!
A little inquiry resolved all this into a veritable
mare s nest.  One Coutt , a Creole resident of Baton
Rouge, was, it is true, arrested by Capt. Homer B.
Sprague, of the 13th Connecticut, who took from
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Newspaper clippings written by Gunn for ''The New York Tribune,'' regarding the state of affairs at Baton Rouge.
Date:1863-01-14
Subject:Augur, Christopher Colon; Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 13th; Coutte; Duvall; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Morning Light (Ship); New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, 8th; O'Gorman, Lieutenant; Slaves; Sprague, Homer B.; Weitzel, G.; Women
Coverage (City/State):Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Coverage (Street):Third Street
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.