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                   From Baton Rouge
At Augur s quarters we learnt that Banks
was aboard the New Brunswick, so we went to
the levee and after Howell had stumbled into
an old boat, half-full of muddy water, we
got rowed to the vessel and saw the General,
who informed us that the project was abandon-
ed.    Back in company with Holabird whom I
guided to Augur s house, and from whom I got
a transportation pass for our triumvirate.      Then
to quarters.   Hills becoming objectionable, selfish
and masterful.        At the outset he had declared
himself the tenant of two rooms, one a bedroom
upstairs, the other a front parlor.      Subsequently
he used our room three-fourths of the time,
shared Howell s bed, wanted to dictate meal-
hours to his own convenience, and occupied my
rocking-chair.  Only when he wanted to write
did he go to his own parlor.
  22.  Thursday.   Packing up for departure.
In-doors till noon; Hills and Howell out to-
gether.  Return of the latter.  An early dinner.
Settlement of mess account and payment of
negroes.    A. C. and A. G. Hills came in and
dined together.   All to the levee; Seamans and
others there.    In boat to the New Brunswick.
Gen. Banks, Strother and others of the staff
aboard, also Weitzel.     Put my limited amount
of baggage into the cabin occupied by the latter
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and ninety
Description:Regarding his preparation to leave Baton Rouge for New Orleans.
Date:1863-01-21
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Holabird, Samuel B.; Howell; Military; Seamans, William H.; Strother, David Hunter; Weitzel, G.
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.