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goodnatured.   She says she has
a sister-in-law in New York, and
recognized me as an Englishman
by my speech.     She would willing-
ly do little, kindly offices for the sick
soldiers.   Next to her (at table) is
an ordinary-faced woman of no parti-
cular physiognomy, with two long, limp
curls, who has no more individuality
to my knowledge than is involved
in her piping forth a wish than an
English vessel (of which more anon)
might sink to the bottom of the sea
with all on board, in case she did
not prove to be a prize to the block-
ade cruisers.       The rest of the wo-
men are common-looking, acidulous,
and trashy.         With them, beside
the tall ex-sea-captain, is generally
to be found our own skipper.   Capt.
Baxter may be a very good sai-
lor and brags at having been round
the world, but socially, he is simply
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and thirty-six
Description:Describes his fellow passengers on board the Mississippi.
Date:1863-03-12
Subject:Baxter, Captain; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mississippi (Ship); 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.