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              Things getting pleasant.
day, windy withal.    General sea-sickness on
board including the General.  A. G. Hills very
bad indeed in his berth; played Samaritan
to him.      Lunch as before in the cabin of the
hospitable Texan; spiced salmon, biscuits,
bananas and brandy.    Little Shaw lively.  In-
troduced to Major Herbert of Ohio, one of Ham-
iltons staff, who didn t like Shaw.     Reading
the  Woman in White,  given to me by Matty Ed-
wards, as I hadn t finished reading it on my
departure.   Talks with Cowey, A. C. Hills and
Hayes.     Evening reading.    In Governor Hamil-
ton s cabin at 10   for  refreshment. 
  8.  Monday.   A delightfully mild day, balmy
and sunny, presently hot.      Hamilton of the
Times mildly  on the rampage  in consequence
of breakfast difficulties.    Band playing on deck.
Gen. Banks up, convalescing.       Talks with
Schell the artist and Howell.            Lunch with
Herbert on Gen. Hamilton s room.       Loafing
below and above.       The band, the sunlight
and the day delightful.           We are off the Flori-
da coast, below St. Augustine, but many miles 
out.     The afternoon sunny and delightfully
sultry.    In the evening a heavy rack of clouds
obscuring the larboard horizon and threaten-
ing rain.      A strange effect of light on two dis-
tant ships, the sails of which seemed trans-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred
Description:Describes his journey south on the North Star with the Banks expedition.
Subject:Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Books and reading; Civil War; Cowie, Captain; Edwards, Martha; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Hamilton, Andrew Jackson; Hayes (reporter); Herbert, J.R.; Hills, A.C.; Hills, A.G.; Howell; North Star (Ship); Ocean travel; Schell, Frank H.; Shaw, Charles P.; Travel
Coverage (City/State):St. Augustine, Florida
Scan Date:2010-11-17


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
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; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.