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               A Camp on Staten Island.
singing a hymn in Castle Garden adjacent.  Ob-
taining egress, with more difficulty than ingress; for
the crowd had increased apace, we went to the Ferry-
house and by 11 o clock, started for Staten Island.
It was a real summer s day, sultry on shore, de-
lightful on the water.    The Great Eastern passed
us, returned from her new voyage across the At-
lantic: the sight of her ponderous bulk gave me a
pleasant gush of summer recollections.     Debarka-
tion.     Met and was recognized by a Mr. Turner,
an ex-reporter to the  Courier,  now a Major to
the First Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers.     He was
bearded, in a dark blue uniform, and looked well
enough.    Learning our object, he offered to pilot
us through the camp and did so.             It occupies
the site of the old Quarantine grounds, the men
being lodged in long barrack-like buildings, houses
and occasional tents.     We visited the cooking-depart-
ment, saw each department of it, the raw meat,
beef and pork, the cooked and cooks, the boiling
of beans for soup and what not.      Going up a plea-
sant green hill-side, we overtook and were intro-
duced to Lieutenant-Colonel Duyckman, an ex-Mex
ican Volunteer, who henceforth bore us company.
The men had just received their clothing from the
State, a plain, gray military suit, and a capa-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Describes a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers on Staten Island.
Subject:Civil War; Clothing and dress; Duyckman; Food; Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Military camp life; New York Infantry Regiment, 1st; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Turner, Jim
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.