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pacity of the human stomach charac-
teristic of rustic Yankees.   He
generally omitted the material portion
of a meal, only beginning and ending.
I have known him dine on oyster
soup and pie, or buckwheat cakes with molasses
finishing up with coffee and a glass
of cider, or rather newly pressed ap-
ple juice.   Meats he didn t seem to
care about, perhaps because they cost
a good deal.     Once, at Baton Rouge,
when I was denouncing the atrocious
negro cookery, Howell exultantly
got off this sentence,  He thinks grease
isn t gravy!  absolutely knowing
no better than that the two were synony-
mous.   Greater culinary ignorance hath
no man, claiming to come of a civilized
race!        So Howell got sick, kept
his room, closed the windows and
blinds and became uncommonly splenet-
ic, even for a young man of his natu-
rally contradictory disposition.  Hayes
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page one hundred and three
Description:Regarding Howell's eating habits.
Subject:Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (reporter); Howell
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.