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                       Tribune Letters.

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
rode on to the landing place, whither we soon after
followed them.
  Here were more soldiers, of similar appearance
and two fine-looking Rebel officers, attired in hand-
some gray uniforms, on horseback.  Leaving my
companion to rest herself in the parlor of one of the
two hotels (where the only refreshment procurable
was water), I freely mingled with the crowd, and
soon found myself in a little group of Rebel soldiers,
involving the horseman previously encountered, and
some others.
   Dog gone it! how well them Yankee soldiers is
dressed!  said the lad, who had just been commend-
ed to me by an elder comrade as a two-year old sol-
dier who had killed four or five Yankees already.
   Yes, that s all they are good for,  remarked
another.  To which an Irishman, also a Rebel sol-
dier, added something more offensive.
  I asked him whether, when he became a citizen of
the United States, he had not taken an oath to sup-
port its Constitution.
   There ain t no Constitution now; it s all
knocked to thunder!  struck in another soldier a
curly-haired hazel-eyed man, with a chronic laugh
on hs jovial face.
   That s so, and all along of the niggers!  was
the universal chorus.
  The conversation became general.  All the men
professed a hatred and contempt for Eastern sol-
diers too deep for words, amounting to fanaticism.
 Any Southern man could whip four of  em easy,
by !  They always run!   But for those claiming
the West for their birth-place, they spoke with re-
spect, some of them adhering to the hope that they
would yet join the South, in obedience to what they
considered their natural interests and proclivities.
 God bless  em! they can t help their hearts being
with us, after all,  said one man, concluding a story
of a desertion of some members of an Illinois regi-
ment.  This man had fought at Fort Donelson and
Shiloh.  I did not care to tell him that I had a
nephew who was engaged on the latter bloody field 
on the other side.  Apropos of the contempt for
Yankees, it may be easily accounted for by the fact
that the speakers had only encountered Western
  The Rebels spoke with a certain artlessness about
their privations declaring, however, that they were
of the past, now, and the Confederate army never
in such a good condition almost touching to listen
to.  To hear them was to execute the men who had
misled them tenfold.
  But 5 o clock has arrived; the J. D. Brown blows
her whistle impatiently, and the cry is  all aboard! 
With diminished numbers we climb the upper deck
and steam off from Dixie. I think I shall not speed-
ily forget the look of the picturesque crowd on its
lessening shores, framed by the trees and gray forest.
Nothing more important than a rain-storm and bit-
ter  Norther  marked our return to New-Orleans.
					T. B. G.
The Crew of the Hatteras Landed at Kings-
  ton The Florida Blockaded at Kings-
From Our Special Correspondent.
				Februuary 5, 1863.}
  I have some brief news to communicate, which
will send a thrill of thankfulness and gratitude to

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
God through many loving and mourning hearts at
the North.  It is as follows:
  It is privately known, both in this city and in Ha-
vana, that by far the greater proportion of the offi-
cers and crew of the Hatteras did NOT share the fate
of that unfortunate vessel, in being sank to the bot-
tom of the sea by the guns of the notorious Alabama.
That piratical craft has landed 125 of them at Kings-
ton, Jamaica, where they remain, probably in a pa-
roled condition, awaiting an opportunity to return
to our fleet.  As the navy estimate of the number of
persons on board the Hatteras does not exceed 140,
of whom 5 escaped with Acting Master Partridge,
to tell the story of attack previously forwarded to 
you, the list of possible not certain casualties di-
minishes to 9.
  From the same sources I learn that the Hatteras
sank very rapidly after the transfer of the prisoners
from her deck to that of the Alabama.  Also that
the Rebel vessel Florida (known also as the ovisto
or Orieto, after her English name) is lying in Kings-
ton harbor, closely watched by the Cuyler, which
followed her when she ran the blockade off Mobile
and has thus chased her into port.  Another United
States gunboat is reported as assisting in the watch.
					      T. B. G.

[newspaper clipping]
Trip of the Owasco to Galveston Commo-
  dore Farragut on his Way Thither 
  Rumor in New-Orleans A Rebel Flag-
  of-Truce Boat Meeting of Planters at
  the St. Charles Hotel They Agree to
  Pay their Slaves From Up the River 
  The Vicksburg Canal a Success Affairs
  at Baton Rouge An Expedition under
  Gen. Weitzel to  Clean Out  the Teche
From Our Special Correspondent.
  The Creole leaves this port within a couple of
hours, for New-York.  If I could project myself into
that colloquial locality known as the middle of next
week, I might have stirring news to transmit to THE
TRIBUNE (of which more anon).  As it is, I send a
batch of items of more or less interest, the two being
about equally balanced.
  The gunboat Owasco, whose name will be famil-
iar to you, in connection with the Galveston disas-
ter, has made another trip to that ill-omened locality.
She left New-Orleans on the 29th of January, her
Commander, Capt. Wilson, being ordered to en-
deavor to ascertain the position of the Rebel land-
batteries and the state of things in general.  He was
instructed to do no more, and to avoid bringing on a
premature engagement between the enemy and the
gunboats blockading the harbor.  In the event of
the latter, becoming inevitable, instructions have
been issued to especially avoid firing upon a [unclear word]
situate in the western portion of the city, as [uncear word]
known to be the residence of a few [unclear words]
voted nuns, who have signified their intention[unclear words]
main to take care of the sick and wounded [unclear words]
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and twenty-two
Description:Newspaper clippings written by Gunn for ''The New York Tribune,'' regarding a trip into the Louisiana countryside and giving news about the crew of the sunken Hatteras.
Subject:Alabama (Ship); Civil War; Cuyler (Ship); Farragut, David Glasgow; Florida (Ship); Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harris, Lizzie; Hatteras (Ship); J. D. Brown (Ship); Journalism; New York tribune.; Owasco (Ship); Partridge, Acting-Master; Weitzel, G.; Wilson, Captain (Texas)
Coverage (City/State):[Madisonville, Louisiana]; New Orleans, Louisiana; Kingston, Jamaica
Scan Date:2010-11-18


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.