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A  Secesh  Album.
catures and similar literature pertinent to
his rule in New Orleans.   (This private  Se-
cesh literature was very curious, and when-
ever a complete history of this part of the war
gets written, it ought to contain it.)        In
one lithograph Butler was represented as a
hyena, digging up the grave of the rebel general
Joe Johnston, in search of buried treasure.
(I never heard of the circumstance, but all
the Secesh believed it.)   This performance was
executed in England or Bermuda.      Harris
read aloud, with much enthusiasm, a parody
on Poe s  Raven,  about the hanging of Mum-
ford, from M. S.         Of course the famous
 woman  order was in the Scrap-book  
surrounded by a black border.    Also Butler s
Farewell Address, to which was appended
a note in Mrs. Harris  handwriting, charac-
terizing it as illustrative, at once of the
egotism and mendacity of the Demon who
had written it.       Why do you call him a de-
mon?  I asked;  you know you liked him. 
In answer, she said that she regarded
Butler from two points of view, [word crossed out] her re-
bel and  patriotic  one, and as she had known
him privately.   The thing, indeed, was an af-
fectation.     She was self-willed, egotistic,
approbative, wilful, womanish and pleasant.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Describes a visit to Harris and his wife in New Orleans.
Date:1863-02-10
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

 

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.