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                    At Baton Rouge.
We came foraging for paper and obtained
two partially blank books, relicts of the State
House fire; also two tolerably good milk punch
es, hospitably pressed upon us by the loquacious
and inquisitive old woman.     Paid a visit to
the 1st Metropolitan and left a note for Brad-
ley, who had intended visiting us yesternight
and been prevented by business   sending with
his excuses, the present of an india-rubber
blanket for me.    In the evening came Merrill
and a comrade, with the Mare s Nest story
related on page 157.   They departing, Bradley
arrived with a lieutenant from Billy Wilson s
regiment, also a quartermaster.   Whiskey, sto-
ries, recitations and talk till midnight, when
our guests departed.    Hills turned in with
Howell, to avoid the coldness of his room up-
stairs.
  17.  Saturday.   In doors reading till 5,
all of us being similarly employed till 5.  Visi-
ted by Mann our involuntary landlord and
by a Major Whittemore of the 40th Mass, invol-
ving a three hours debate on Secession and Sla-
very.   Out with Howell to the camp of the 13th
Conn. to investigate the story told by Merrill.
Back to reading and scribbling.
  18.  Sunday.   With Howell to the Provost 
Marshal s, in the hope of obtaining letters.  Got
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Mentions visiting an old Belgian woman in Baton Rouge.
Date:1863-01-16
Subject:Bradley, Lieutenant; Civil War; Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 13th; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Howell; Mann; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 40th; Merrill, Captain; Whittemore, Major; Women
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.