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all the morning, writing, dozing
in the afternoon, for the sake of
warmth; in the evening pacing up
and down the deck with Capt Bou-
telle, who has been on the naval
survey on this coast for the last
15 or 20 years and knows every-
body in Charleston.   Anon a drink
in our cabin and I returned 
to this diary, which I have at
length posted up to the current
  21.  Saturday.   A strong
north-east wind blowing all day,
the Mississippi, insufficiently bal-
lasted with coal, rolling from
side to side considerably.  General
disappearance of passengers into
cabins.       I sit, trying to write
in purser Sampson s cabin, until
the motion of the vessel compels me
to abandon the attempt and take
to reading.    Dozing after dinner,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Describes his journey at sea aboard the Mississippi.
Subject:Boutelle, Captain; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mississippi (Ship); 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.