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                Umbra,  the New Orleans
got an editorial reference to it from Col. Clark
there present.   Looked over New York papers,
too.   To the Post-Office; a ramble; dozing in
the afternoon; a stroll with Howell in the eve-
ning.
  27.  Tuesday.   A chilly, rainy, dreary day.
In the rotunday with the fellows.  The objection-
able Johnstone scribbling in the sitting-room.  Since
his last appearance in these pages he had made
sundry attempts at sponging and borrowing from
Hayes, A. G. Hills and Schell.        Scoring up
diary in my cold room, the wind moaning drear-
ily and the small flag on the office of the British
Consulate, opposite my window, blowing fitfully
towards all points of the compass.     In the aft-
ernoon was visited by  Umbra,  otherwise a
Mr Baker, a little, talkative friendly English
man who had lived in New Orleans ever so long,
long before Secession times.  A printer by trade,
he had kept a stationer s shop and was an un-
compromising Union man   whatever he may have 
been since before the arrival of Farragut and Gen
Butler.     Drinks, talk and supper then out
for a stroll.      My companion told me much
that was interesting about the city in ante-Se-
cession times and during them.       I went with
him to a bar-room called the Cotton Plant,
kept by a Londoner, and very much frequented
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and ninety-eight
Description:Describes a visit from Baker, a New Orleans correspondent for ''The New York Tribune.''
Date:1863-01-26
Subject:Baker, Francis; Civil War; Clark, John S.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.G.; Howell; Johnstone; Schell, Frank H.
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [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.