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[newspaper clipping]
  Ben. Butler tells this story of a war incident
while he was in command at New Orleans:  A
colonel up in the Red River region made applica-
tion for a furlough, which was refused him.
Soon after the colonel left his command without
permission, and went to New Orleans, where he
was arrested and put in irons as a deserter.
Upon an intimation that he wished to make an
explanation Butler had him brought to his head-
quarters.   Well, sir,  said the General, sternly,
 what have you to say in the explanation of your
conduct?    Well, General, there are two Jews
up yonder who have some cotton they want to
get through my lines.  First they offered me
$500, which I refused.  They they offered me
$1,000 to let them take it through the lines.  Then
$5,000, and $25,000, and at last they offered a
hundred thousand; and I tell you, General, they
were getting so near my figures I thought I d 
better leave. 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and sixty-four
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding a story told by General Butler about a deserter in New Orleans.
Subject:Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jews; Military; Military deserters
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.