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             The Blankmans.  Colton.
very democrat, named Blankman, brother
to a notorious lawyer of this city, who married
an equally notorious prostitute and brothel
keeper named (or called) Fanny White, for
her money. The brother has a showy wife
who looks like a strumpet and supports her
husband.  All his talk is praise of McClel-
lan and foul-mouthed abuse of abolitionists
and  niggers , over the dinner-table.  Both
Cahill and Shepherd have been smelling
after the high scented carrion his wife, who
talks arrant Mercer Street.
   20.  Saturday.  Down Town in the after-
noon.  To Haney s : saw only Morse and
Banks.  Met Frank Wood previously, in a
tall hut, looking hard and furtive.  In the
Tribune office was recognized by Colton
who told me the sequel of his Virginian ex-
perience, which was like most, dismal.
He stayed till after the Gaines  Mill fight;
lost his horse and came back to be laid
up of a fever for a month.  He said that
wells had to be dug in the vicinity of the
graves of hundreds of men; that the very air
was putrid.  I was well out of it, and
in good time.  Saw Gay.  Took the cars
up to 26th street, with the intention of visi-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Regarding the Blankmans and a meeting with Colton at the Tribune office.
Date:1862-09-19
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Blankman; Blankman, Edmond; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Colton; Gay, Sidney H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; McClellan, George B.; Morse; New York tribune.; Shepherd, N.G.; White, Fanny; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Virginia
Coverage (Street):26th Street; Mercer Street
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.