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          Death of George Bolton s Wife.

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
more Zouave tactics than we can remember or de-
scribe, and the rather severe discipline, a heartier
or better disposed body of young men it would be
impossible to find anywhere.
	    THE QUARTERS.
  Their quarters are very neat and clean; many of
them prettily decorated with flowers, evergreens or
flags; the gift of their lady friends.  Two such
presentations occurred on Sunday, and one last
week, of a particularly fine banner, by the ladies of
Fort Lee, where the company receiving it was re-
cruited.  Each company is provided with a daily
paper, and a reader being appointed, all obtain the
benefit of it.  Indeed, we were informed by an offi-
cer that the men are  rather better posted  than
themselves with regard to news, finding more
leisure to devote to it.  What spare time the officers
can snatch from their multifarious duties appears
to be zealously devote to Hardee s Tactics, and
similar military studies.

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
  On Sundays the island swarms with friends and
relatives of the soldiers, and stroll where you will,
along the breezy shores, over the meadows, under
the trees, or into the innermost recesses of the
barrack-rooms, you encounter crinoline crinoline
which subjects itself to a fearful phlebotomizing by
as hungry and venomous musquitoes as ever bit,
for the purpose of gratifying equally its curiosity,
affection and patriotism.  And apropos of the pes-
tiferous embryo vampies alluded to, Colonel Haw-
kins s Zouaves declare that they have already shed
their blood for their country in liberal measure,
some of them maintaining that the proclivities of
the abominable insects can only be accounted for
by their being rank secessionists.
  The Zouaves, however, aspire to risk worse san-
guineal depletion in the defence of the Union, and
expect to depart for Fortress Monroe to-morrow,
when they hope to obtain Enfield rifles in place of
their present weapons.

[Gunn s diary continued]
to New York by a very crowded boat, at about
 7, and I did not go out afterwards, doing
some writing.     Boweryem up and anon Ca-
hill, the latter remaining till past midnight.
  3.  Monday.   Letters from George Bolton,
from my mother and Mary Anne.   Writes
George;                             Paris, Friday.
	 I have sad news to tell you   my
darling girl is dead; her sweet spirit fled
this morning and now I am alone.  I ve tele-
graphed to Richard this morning; he arrives
here to-night   come you and let me have
my only two friends beside me.  The boy lives  
oh! my dear old friend Thomas Gunn! may
you never realize the bitter, the horrible agony
of this last week   I ll tell you some day
all about it; I m hot and feverish now
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and fifteen
Description:Regarding the death of George Bolton's wife.
Date:1861-06-02
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Jr.; Bolton, Richard; Boweryem, George; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 9th
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Paris, [Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

Volume
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.