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               My Fellow   Passengers
a hater of slavery and all its belongings,
honestly patriotic and doing his best to qualify
himself for his military position.  Does his
work well.  Is an ex-Connecticut lawyer,
has travelled in Europe with profit.  Very
tall, blue-eyed and four-haired.  Feels
his oats a little on the strength of his recently
required military dignity, but altogether
I like him.  Is cousin or brother to Rose
Terry of the Atlantic Mag. and Harper s.
Knew Theodore Winthrop at college and
pronounces him a  perfect little beast. 
   Capt. Bacon.  His assistant-adjutant
general.  A little man, and like nearly all
such, of my acquaintance, very conceited.
So an ex-lawyer from Midland New York,
has travelled in Europe with Terry.  They
were there during the outbursts of the rebellion
and Bacon talks of the annoyance of travel-
ling Americans at the laughter provoked by
the bombardment of Sumter with  nobody
killed.   Talks with precision and in air
of knowing more than his neighbors.  Walks
heavily and gets as much noise out of his
boots as is possible.  Does  dignity out on
a constitutional  in pacing up and down the
cabin every day, jarring with floor when one
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Regarding Gunn's estimate of General Terry and Captain Bacon.
Subject:Atlantic monthly.; Bacon, Captain; Civil War; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Slavery; Terry, Alfred Howe; Terry, Rose; Travel; Winthrop, Theodore
Scan Date:2010-09-10


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; Virginia
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.