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a heterogenous collection of portraits,
good and bad.       Here were coarse
faced  confederacies  in all sorts of uni-
forms, gray being predominant, their
visages not at all improved by a coarse
danbing of color; there women of French
English, American, Spanish, German
or mongrel physiognomies; elsewhere
levee views of New Orleans in its
prosperous days.    One picture there
was of a bold-looking courtesan, with
one leg thrown over her chair and the
other over visible.     Schell wanted to 
inquire about some Galveston views, so
we entered by the side street, observing
in our progress up the wide, wooden
staircase, a through a cellar-like
arch, a little cool yard, as perfectly
Spanish in its surroundings and ac-
cesaries as one of Tony Johannots 
local illustrations to Don Quixote.
Soon the civil old French proprietor ap-
peared and learning that Schell was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page ninety-five
Description:Describes exploring the French quarter of New Orleans with Frank Schell.
Date:1863-03-04
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Schell, Frank H.; Women
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-01-03

 

Volume
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.