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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 22, page 54, February 8, 1863

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Describes a trip with Baker into the Louisiana countryside. Transcription: by Addison. After a consultation between the bonne and father the former conveyed the little girl to the roadside, fronting the gate of the cemetery, and standing discreetly before her, allowed the child to perform her innocent little ——— ! subsequently readjusting her dress and bringing her back to the car. It was an eminently French proceeding. Enter three red-breeched Zouaves — one an Irishman — who finding they have got into the wrong car, got out again. Off. In twenty minutes a change of cars. Lots of children, a vixenish evil-faced woman with a chub chubby boy and a slave-girl, also with a baby, both so white that nowhere but in a slave state would their condition be recognisable. Also a mulatto girl and a young fellow, half Indian, half negro, wearing a U.S. military cap. To Canal Street. Oysters, raw, at Sam’s,
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