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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 22, page 47, January 29-30, 1863

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Describes a railroad journey into the Louisiana countryside. Transcription: the express locomotive. Hayes, having oysters “killed and eaten cooked for him.” The journey. Wooding up. Alighting not at Beauregard’s plantation. On. Messr’s or rather Covell’s Cofieed’s plantation. Hany Messer. A visit to the crevasse. Return. Delay. Cut and run just at the “creole eggs” appear. A hungry ride back, stews and at depôt and a make up for it at the Southern restaurant [Philip] Ripley with me. Howell off for Baton Rouge again. A good deal with Ripley. Saw [Francis] Baker occasionally. 30. Friday. Letter about crevasse. Non mi recordo as to detail. Evening with [J.R.] Hamilton & B. Hills to presentation of plate to Col. [Thomas B.] Thorpe, Slack & Tracy. H. Hills tells me, secretly, that he is to become the Lieut. Colonel of a negro regiment.
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