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little jug full of whiskey, which was 
solemnly mixed and shared, with 
many asseverations that did the great O 
appear, he should be too late to share 
it.     No sooner had it disappeared but 
the offender came, with him a Captain 
Merrill, employed as detective at New 
Orleans and elsewhere, and two other 
persons of the sutler order, who brought 
with them 3 bottles of whiskey, 2 of 
some kinds of bitters, about 3 dozen eggs
and a big bottle of pickled gherkins!   Gen-
eral introduction and felicitations.  
Egg-nogg voted for and the 
materials committed to the negroes; in 
the meanwhile whiskey straight.     O Gor-
man was very considerably drunk on 
his arrival and for twenty minutes
did all the talking, singing and gesti-
culating for the party, rather to our an-
noyance.   Merrill presently recited
Cariline to his banishers, out-ranting 
Forrest, to the general applause.   Pre-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page twenty-seven
Description:Describes a whiskey party at Baton Rouge.
Subject:Civil War; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Merrill, Captain; O'Gorman, Lieutenant
Coverage (City/State):[Baton Rouge, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-01-03


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
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, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.