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a detective, went out with one Whitley for a night-ramble
in New Orleans, for the benefit of
the Era.    The results didn t amount
to much.    Small houses tenanted by
prostitutes, and Sicilian receivers of
stolen goods an utterers of bad car checks,
a bar, where negroes were gambling (and
where my guide had shot one Pedro
Capdeville, a notorious desperado), two
dance houses after the Water Street pat-
tern, very thinly-attended, and the
El Dorado, on our way back.   Whit-
ley was a character   a Missourian
who had been leading a  border-ruffian 
in the Kansas times.        He had been
in hi four of five  difficulties  and kil-
led his man or men in each   the
particulars of which little reencounters
he narrated to me.         A long-faced, thin
man, not unlike the traditional Yankee,
but well-dressed.  He told me of his
detective operations, some of which were
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes experiencing New Orleans nightlife with detective Whitley.
Subject:Capdeville, Pedro; Civil War; Gambling; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Whitley
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]
Coverage (Street):Water Street
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.