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                         In New Orleans

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the regimental hospital.
  There are two hotels now open at Baton Rouge,
both better supplied with guests than the means of
satisfying them.  One, the Verandah, the proprietor
of which charges $2 50 for board per day, declaring
that unremunerative, has been in operation for four
weeks.
 Now for my most important news, which I have
reserved to the last, very much on the same principle 
that induces a boy to eat all the crust of his pie be-
fore attacking the fruit, and possibly with the same
result, the palling of the appetite.  Here it is, how-
ever, as hinted in the very first paragraph of my let-
ter.  The thing is imminent; hence, unless the
 290  catches the Creole, and Capt. Semmes antici-
pates your reading of this letter, I suppose no mis-
chief can accrue from my telling you what I know
about it.
  To-day or to-morrow witnesses the inception of a
movement designed to  clean out  the Teche (pro-
nounced Tash) country of the Rebel forces in posses-
sion of it.  It will be attempted as follows:
  Gen. Weitzel, who left this city on the afternoon
of the 6th for his headquarters at Thibaudauxville,
will advance with his brigade form Brashier City
up the Teche country Gen. Paine, with an equal
command, simultaneously descending the Missis-
sippi from Baton Rouge to Plaquemine, and thence
proceeding by the bayous of that plentifully irrigated
region across the La Fourche district, with the inten-
tion of effecting a junction with Gen. Weitzel, be-
fore which considerable work must be performed
by the latter.  Let me endeavor to describe its na-
ture:
  On the left bank of the Teche bayou is Paterson-
ville, which must necessarily become the base of
Gen. Weitzel s military operations, standing in a
district burnt and devastated in the recent expe-
dition from Berwick s bay, which resulted in the
destruction of the Cotton and the death of Com-
mander Buchanan.  Two miles further up is a for-
midable obstruction, placed in the stream by the
Rebels, comprising a sunken steamboat, two flat
boats, and a raft of live oaks, the whole presenting
an impenetrable barrier until removed.  Beyond
this, and an abrupt bend of the bayou, about four
miles from Patersonville, are two Rebel batteries
on either side of the river, comprising fourteen guns,
defending the town of Centreville.  The next point
of resistance is Franklin, ten miles from the entrance
of the Teche.  Last of all we come to New-Iberia,
or Newtown, a strongly-fortified place, where, if our
troops penetrate thither, the struggle must culmi-
nate.
  The number devoted to this service, comprised in
both brigades, is 9,000 men, of whom 6,000 are in-
fantry, about 600 cavalry, and the remainder serv-
ing in the five batteries accompanying the expedi-
tion.  Of them, Gen. Paine takes but 3,000, Gen. 
Weitzel the remainder, his being the lion s share
both of danger and responsibility.  The district
through which Gen. Paine s men will march is nom-
inally in our possession and free from guerrillas.
The occupation of that invaded by Gen. Weitzel in-
evitably involves a struggle.
  The force of the enemy, commanded by Col.
Dick Taylor (formerly of this city) is estimated at
6,500 men, including 1,500 cavalry, two regiments
of the regular confederate army, three batteries 
one of them Simms s and a number of conscripts.
They are not encamped at Centreville and Frank-
lin.  If driven successively from those places, they

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will probably fall back upon and make a stand at
New-Iberia.  Among the other defenses of that
place may be enumerated the guns of the Cotton,
recovered from the bottom of the bayou for that
purpose.
  Five small gunboats the Calhoun, Kinsman, Es-
trella, &c. will accompany the expedition.  Gen.
Paine has three transports for the conveyance of
his men.
  Of such importance is this enterprise considered
that I have heard it asserted that Gen. Banks
will command it in person.  That, however, I do
not expect.  You will hear the results in due time
from					T. B. G.
		            

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The Delta Newspaper Suspension of Edi-
  torship The Teche Expedition The
  Rebel Legislature Burning of the
  Louisiana Bank.
From Our Special Correspondent.
	ST. CHARLES HOTEL, NEW-ORLEANS, La.}
					Feb. 9, 1863.}
  The United States steamer McClellan leaves this
port to-morrow morning for New-York, hence there
is a possibility of sending a letter by her.  I write
accordingly.
  You known The Delta newspaper of this city, the
ony Union sheet published here?  Previous to the
advent of Gen. Butler, it was as rampantly disloyal
as Jeff. Davis himself; and on the General s occupa-
tion of New-Orleans, its editors and proprietors
refused to publish his initial proclamation, where-
upon it and they were summarily suppressed, the
General subsequently determining  to run the ma-
chine himself  as a convenient medium for the expres-
sion of his will and sentiments toward the inhabitants
of the Crescent City.  This he accomplished by induct-
ing into the editorial chairs Capt. J. Clarke, formerly
of The Boston Courier, and Lieut.-Col. Brown, of
The Woodstock (Vt.) Argus. Under the manage-
ment of these gentlemen the paper throve to the ex-
tent of the Union sentiment in the city, being de-
tested by its muzzled rivals in proportion to its prin-
ciples. 
  When Gen. Banks s arrival inaugurated a new
system, Col. Brown and Capt. Clarke expressed a
willingness to retire from the editorship of The
Delta, and, on January 3, the latter tendered his
resignation as Commissary of Subsistence of the post.
This was, however, not accepted, and the paper
continued its career, accepting the new administra-
tion, without acting as its organ.  Partaking in
many respects of the  rough and ready  spirit of
the man whose name is permanently identified with
the history of New-Orleans, The Delta is under-
stood to have rendered itself inimical to the present
dynasty, albeit it certainly did its utmost to concili-
ate it, if not to represent its opinions.  It was charged
with a lack of courtesy in the expression of its senti-
ments, and unsoundness towards Order No. 12 the
one on the subject of Emancipation.  On Saturday
last there appeared in its column an article entitled
 The Present Time,  asserted to misrepresent the
wishes and intentions of Gen. Banks toward the
planters, and calculated to offend them.  And [unclear word]
morning The Delta, appearing an hour later [unclear word]
usual, containing a notification from its for[uncear words]
 the former editorial connection had [unclear words
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and twenty-six
Description:Newspaper clippings written by Gunn for ''The New York Tribune,'' containing various news items from New Orleans.
Date:1863-02-08
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Brown, Lieutenant-Colonel; Buchanan, Commander; Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Clark, J.; Cotton (Ship); Delta.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hotels; Journalism; Military; New York tribune.; Paine, Halbert E.; Publishers and publishing; Semmes, Raphael; Taylor, Dick; Weitzel, G.
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]; 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.