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               My Fellow Passengers
 Lieut. Richard Thompson (ranking as
Captain.) A young fellow, about five and
twenty, beardless, slim and would be rather
handsome but for the abrupt cork-up of
just the end of his nose.  Son to a pro-sla-
very politician, a Virginian, and himself
possessing all the ordinary brutal American
prejudice against the negro, and in favor
of  the institution.   Told me he was a Vir-
ginian, which proved to be a falsehood,
the family having moved to Indiana.  Is
plucky, generous, liberal, selfish and self-
willed, also masterful.  Looks a gentleman
and has a good deal of self reliance and
assurance in a quiet way.  Tells the longest
of stories with no end of impertinent detail
to  em, especially when he is affected by
liquor.  Is in his right place, however, and
will probably prove a good soldier.  Has
seen service in Missouri, with Gen. Hunter.
Like all U.S. officers is great in what
is due to military rank from subordinates.
Has done  a a large amount of drinking
and fornication in his time and tells anec-
dotes about western actresses, especially
one Dora Shaw, who was, I think, one
of the Bohemians at Pfaffs.  For portrait,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Regarding Gunn's opinion of Lieutenant Richard Thompson.
Date:1862-08-31
Subject:Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hunter, David; Military; Pfaff's (New York, N.Y.); Shaw, Dora; Slavery; Thompson, Richard
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

Volume
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.