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an approbative old ass.   He delights
to hear himself cackle, generally talks
in a loudish voice and likes an 
audience, to which he dispenses 
dreary platitudes of the uneducated
American order,  of course knocking
the heads of his negatives together
and using  them  instead of  those. 
Often, when I sit reading (Rus-
sell s book,  My Diary, North and
South , or  Barren Honor  or Paul
de Kock) I hear the captain s
old, self-complacent voice laying
down the law and prating of the
war, abolitionists and what not
when I generally get out of ear-shot.
He is good humored, however, and
not actively offensive.      More so,
decidedly, is a bearded skipper,
who paces up and down in slippers
and a baggy gray suit of clothes,
who seems to have been captain
of some bank trading to the Bra-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Describes his fellow passengers on board the Mississippi.
Date:1863-03-12
Subject:Baxter, Captain; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mississippi (Ship); Travel
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.