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Governors  Island Ball.     Arrived, landing,
then to the Hospital, where Barth rejoined me
and a certain friend of his from Fort Hamilton
hight Caroll.     To the Ball Room, (usually
devoted to the Commisiarat department;) others
about Creecy Beukman &c.     The room,
a spacious one was decorated with wreaths, flags
stands of arms &c.     The company being arrived
the women having tattooed themselves &c in adjacent
houses, all gathering in a room marched en
promenade to the Ball Room.  I squiring
Creecey s wife.     Dancing began with great
spirit,  any amount of Uniforms &c. Kept
it up till past three, then to the music,
defiled to supper in a room below.     An
hour thus, or more, then all back.     At
  24. Wednesday}       the next house was a room
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page sixty-five
Description:Describes attending a ball on Governors Island.
Subject:Balls (Parties); Barth, William; Beukman; Caroll; Creecey; Creecey, Mrs.; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York
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.