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man was not really, intrinsically beau-
tiful, but one couldn t help thinking 
so and behaving appropriately.   With
her were three young ladies, one  
Miss Louisiana Smith   I had met
before.   She was a healthy-looking, 
dark-haired girl, with rather a
wilful face, her profile too straight,
forehead, nose and chin being almost
in one line.       A younger girl   not
more than 17   with a fine, delicate,
refined face, attracted and interested
me.    She was a Miss Maria Hughes.  A
third had no pretensions to beauty.
There appeared, also, a girl of 9 or 10.
To these ladies I was duly present-
ed, also to a Mr Young, a shortish,
plump, good-humored dark-haired
young man, with the sides of his face
shaven, but wearing his beard, Ame-
rican fashion.       He had been a pri-
vate soldier in the Confederate ar-
my, wounded at the battle of Shi-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page eighty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Harris after the bachelor party.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harris, Lizzie; Hughes, Maria; Smith, Louisiana; Women; Young
Coverage (City/State):[New Orleans, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-01-03


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
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, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.