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New England men, the average
of physique and figure isn t very
high; in their shapeless blue over-
coats and capes they look forlorn enough
though some smoke and chat and
even sing, happy at their release
from the debilitations of a Southern
climate.     There are, as cabin
passengers, a certain number of of-
ficers   colonels, captains, majors
and the like, and some doctors   
mostly returning on sick-leave, some
with but little claim to it.     Its al-
ways so,  says my friend, the shrewd
little purser,  before a fight.    With
a very few exceptions they seem as
ordinary, cheaply-constituted a lot
as you would desire to let alone.    I
like the Harriet Lane fellows and
consort a little with them, though they
profess to  hate niggers  like true
Americans.     They are Paymaster,
Assist Surgeon, Master s Mate and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and thirty-three
Description:Describes his fellow passengers on board the Mississippi.
Subject:Civil War; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Sampson (purser); Travel
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.