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                     Baker s Family.
then with Baker to his residence in Felicity
Street, some little distance up-town.  Here
we found Mrs Baker, an Englishwoman,
who like her husband, has been three years
in New Orleans, but unlike him, wants to
return to her native country, even before they
have amassed riches, and some visitors  
all British.       One, a photographer, had sus-
tined heavy pecuniary losses in consequence
of his having written a letter expressing dis-
trust of the permanence of the Southern Con-
federacy, which was duly opened at Memphis
and sent back to New Orleans.       Another was
a stationer,  Secesh  in sympathy, with whose pretty
little girl, three years old I soon became
great friends.   Her mother, a Virginian,
had died three months ago.   Mrs Baker
told me a good deal about New Orleans in
Secession times,   during the blockade, espe-
cially.      Then she had gone to market, often,
with a handful of shin-plasters, and re-
turned without being able to buy anything.
She described, too, the city just before the
advent of Butler, with huge bonfires of
cotton blazing all along the levee, vessels
burning in the river, and the streets adja-
cent to it sticky and slippery with molasses,
which the populace was rolling away bar-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes a visit to Baker and his family in New Orleans.
Subject:Baker, Francis; Baker, Francis, Mrs.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Felicity Street
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.