Billy Wilson s Zouaves.
them of which we had heard so much.
It may have been true of the regiment, the
men appearing a rough lot. There was any
amount of stories about them, some droll
enough. Among them that a chaplain addres-
sing them, alluded to the infernal regions,
when a Wilson s Zouave proposed Three
cheers for h__l! which were given lustily.
Billy Wilson explained the mistake thus:
You see the boys don t know much about these
things; they think h__l is somewhere down
south in Dixie, and are all anxious to get
there. Another apohryphal anecdote repre-
sented somebody coming to the regiment with
its pay, of which his pocket was duly picked,
before he reached the Colonel s tent. Oh! ne-
ver mind, quoth Wilson, the boys got it, no
doubt, and they always share. Stayed
till about 10, then back to quarters, through
the dark night and uneven streets, challen-
ged by the sentries.
21. Wednesday. To Seamans office with
my two companies, where we found A. G.
Hills, who had come up from New Orleans
with Gen. Banks, aboard the New Bruns-
wick. The place crowded, as usual, with
applicants of all colors. Off alone to find
the office of Gen. Augur, with whom Banks
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and eighty-eight|
|Description:||Mentions a visit to the camp of Colonel Billy Wilson's regiment.|
|Subject:||Augur, Christopher Colon; Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.G.; Military; Seamans, William H.; Wilson, Billy|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Baton Rouge, Louisiana]|
|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.|