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                     At Brashear City.
led about amusing themselves as they best
might but found things very dreary.    A bar-
rel of whiskey had been brought to Brashear
City by the train and the entire population mi-
litary and civil, seemed to be improving the
rare opportunity   for spirits had been scarce
of late   to get drunk.       Hence I heard a con-
tenuous row below the ricketty, shaky floor
of the tavern.    What noise the white men did-
n t make the negroes did,  as the landlady
remarked in the morning.    So I lay, in tor-
ment with the pain of my ear, all night, get-
ting perhaps ten minutes sleep at intervals.
Presently the Frenchman came to bed, from which
he was civilly eliminated by Hills, to another.
Finally Hills and Breed turned in, and so
the weary night waned, and with it the old
year.       Thus Brashear City was the extreme
point of imperfectly-subjugated country held
by the Union troops, a locality destined to
be the scene of sundry bloody fights by land 
and water.        Indeed a Capt or Commodore
Buchanan, to whom I was introduced (I
think) aboard the gun-boat got killed in
an action on the 14th of January next, invol-
ving the destruction of the rebel steamer  Cotton, 
talked of as up the bayou, watching us.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Describes his night spent in Brashear City, Louisiana.
Subject:Breed; Buchanan, Captain; Civil War; Cotton (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.
Coverage (City/State):Brashear City, [Louisiana]
Scan Date:2010-11-18


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.