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brought her aboard and made the 
arrangements for her passage.   She
is a young woman of perhaps six and
twenty, of passable features and largish
figure, wearing her hair in a net 
and getting very much sun-burnt:
nobody could mistake her or any of 
her sex aboard for a lady.        She
seems very attractive to a tall, com-
mon faced ex-sea captain of something
unimportant; he has given up his room
to her and avowed his 
 strictly dishonorable  attentions to the 
purser, who guesses he won t make
much there.          Next in order, an
ex-nurse of soldier at the N. O.
military hospital, a French widow
resembling a vulgar Albion, who sits
next to me at table.         She was born
at Strasburg, is therefore perhaps
more German than French, talks bro-
ken English, has lived four years in 
New Orleans, and seems honest and
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Describes his fellow passengers on board the Mississippi.
Date:1863-03-12
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mississippi (Ship); Sampson (purser); Travel; Women
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.