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And her Husband.
and, with her husband, told me a good deal
about him.   Mrs Harris went to him first
of all, to inquire  if they were to be turned into
the street,  to which he returned a compli-
mentary nega-
tive.   The
General had
become quite
an intimate at
the house which
did not belong
to the Harris-
es; they were
occupying it
for the owners,
probably  Se-
cesh  refugees.
Butler used
to come there
and quote

T. Decatur Harris.

[Gunn s diary continued]
				poetry by
				the hour;
				 Good God!
				how that man
				could quote! 
				exclaimed Har-
				ris.     Mrs H.
				said that But-
				ler gave a
				pass through 
				the lines to
				a rebel of-
				ficer, conceal-
				ed in her
				house, and
				I found no
				difficulty in
crediting it.     He refused her nothing.    Why
didn t you say it was a friend of yours? 
he asked, about somebody liable to be  turned
into the street  by his order.   Notwithstanding
these favors, the lady exhibited to me a scrap-
book filled with virulent and abusive attack
on the General, acrostics on his name, cari-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Describes a visit to Harris and his wife in New Orleans.
Subject:Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harris, Lizzie; Harris, T. Decatur; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
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.