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                 Colonel Billy Wilson.
ment, which Hills undertook, our triumvi-
rate receiving, as honorarium, three bottles
of ale and one of sweet wine, which were
incontinently drank.        This day we got the
President s Emancipation Proclamation, which
I read first to our negroes and then to others
brought in by them for that purpose.    Tues-
  20.  
day.   To Capt.
Cowie s office
to return Or-
ley Farm and
inquire about 
commisariat
whiskey.  Sent
the negro Har-
ry for a  jug 
of the latter.
Strolling
about; an af-
ternoon in
doors.  In the

[photograph]
Colonel Billy Wilson.

 				evening with
				Howell to the
				camp of Billy
				Wilson s regi-
				ment, there
				to sup with
				the redoubtable
				colonel and his
				officers, in
				a house, with
				a cheery fire
				burning in a
				sitting-room,
				the mess room
				beyond.  Wil-
son himself looked very much improved since the
th time I saw him on Staten Island, his com-
plexion being clear and healthy.  He was quite
bald.    His officers seemed goodhumoured fellows
on a democratic footing of equality with one another.
I saw, however, none of the rowdy element in
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Mentions a visit to the camp of Colonel Billy Wilson's regiment.
Date:1863-01-19
Subject:Books and reading; Civil War; Cowie, Captain; Emancipation Proclamation; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harry (slave); Hills, A.C.; Howell; Military; Slavery; Slaves; Wilson, Billy
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.