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                    Baker s Family.
rels full, and of sugar.    It was a very
narrow chance that the city was not fired
by the mob.     We talked also of flush times
in New Orleans, when everybody led an easy
life, based on the labor of the slaves.      This
Mrs Baker   according to her husband, an
impulsive woman, who found it difficult to
resist the predominant impulse of those sur-
rounding her   had written a song, entitled
 the Southern Stars  to the tune of the all popu-
lar  Bonnie Blue Flag,  or rather that of
the original of it, the  Irish Jaunting Car, 
a copy of which Baker gave me.      I sup-
pose the family wasn t savagely Union in
Secession time.   Now, however, the little man
appeared rampant in his patriotism and
almost quarreled with the stationer in argu-
ment.         I talked with Mrs Baker and the
little girl.        Left the party after supper
and went down-town by rail-car.      Met
Ripley, Schell and A. G. Hills in the rotun-
da.     Out for oysters, then upstairs and to
bed by midnight.
  9.  Monday.   Breakfast at Wibels with
Hayes.     (This was a cheap place with
a lunch-counter on either side, at which you
sat on stools, getting very good coffee or tea
[unclear word] cents a cup, ham and eggs at fifteen,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Describes a visit to Baker and his family in New Orleans.
Date:1863-02-08
Subject:Baker, Francis; Baker, Francis, Mrs.; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Hills, A.G.; Ripley, Philip; Schell, Frank H.; Songs
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.