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                      Up the Mississippi
of alternate land and water.   Everything
 as flat as your hand     Nature caught in the
act, making a continent.   Rushes, trees and
driftwood; then little, lonely houses, like the
rudimentary ones drawn by the slate-pencil of
childhood.     A remnant of a fire-raft   a
reminescence of the bombardment of the forts,
last April.          A salute to Gen. Banks as we
passed them.       White and black people on the
lonely plantations as we steam up the tortuous
river, the latter hard at work, in spite of the
day being Sunday.   The negroes were glad 
to see us, as a matter of course, not so the whites.
One fellow, looking like an overseer, could not
restrain his malevolent feelings, so he shook
his fist at the huge steamer, a proceeding which
induced a roar of laughter from the good natured
soldiers.    It was a Southern version of Dame
Partington and her mop against the Atantic.
Little houses, groves of orange trees laden
with fruit, fields of sugar-cane, presses, tall
chimneys.    Saw all from the deck-roof and
top of paddle-box.     An invitation to a collation
and claret, to  the press  and the band, by Gen.
Banks, and an interview with him subsequent-
ly, in which he made a bit of a speech which
didn t amount to much.   On deck again. The
scenery growing prettier.       By 5   P. M.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and seven
Description:Describes his journey up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico on the North Star with the Banks expedition.
Subject:African Americans; Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; North Star (Ship); Slavery; Slaves; Travel
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.