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              An  Egg-nogg  Party.
appeared but the offender came, with him
a Capt. Merrill, employed as a detective at
New Orleans and elsewhere, an two persons
of the sutler order, who brought with them three
bottles of whiskey, two of some kinds of bitters,
about three dozen eggs, and a big bottle of
pickled gherkins.    General introduction and 
felicitations.   Egg-nogg  voted for and the ma-
terials confided to the negroes; in the mean-
time  whiskey straight.       O Gorman was con-
siderably drunk on his arrival and for twen-
ty minutes, did all the talking, singing and
gesticulating for the party, rather to our annoy-
ance.      Merrill, at the request of his companions, 
recited  Catiline to his banishers  ranting hor-
ribly, to the general applause.    Presently we all
adjourned to our dining-room, one of the back-
parlors and to the egg-nogg.      Here, in order
to suppress O Gorman, Shaw and I, backed
by the others made Hills chairman, who endea-
voted to moderate the Irishman, with some
success.   He was, however, very offensive, in-
terrupting everybody, and in short acted as
if he had resolved to deserve being kicked out,
which might have occurred but for his condi-
tion.     (On meeting him in the afternoon he
had exhibited a big meerschaum which he had
 found  somewhere in a rebel house, also a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and eighty-one
Description:Regarding a social evening at Baton Rouge.
Date:1863-01-13
Subject:Civil War; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Merrill, Captain; O'Gorman, Lieutenant; Shaw, Charles P.
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.