In quest of a lost Grave.
was born at Brentford near London; has lived
twelve years in this country, two or three of them
down South, including South Carolina.
News arrived this day in New York of the land-
ing of the U. S. troops at Port Royal, S. C. and the
taking of the forts there.
14. Thursday. Went to Staten Island, there
to see if I could discover the place of sepulture
of Richard Bass, uncle to John Conworth and the
Tew s, who died of cholera on shipboard, in 1849,
and was buried in the Quarantine Grounds. Visit-
ed a neglected graveyard by the road side, some
of the tombstones of which had been wantonly bro-
ken or thrown down by the regiments quartered
in the vicinity during the past summer and spring.
No indication of Bass s grave. Returning to the
city, I went to Castle Garden, where, I had
ascertained, the books relating to Quarantine
matters were kept; and after a good deal of de-
lay saw the one containing the entry of the man s
burial. It was simply, buried in the common
ground, no more. William Tew s good natu-
red va wife came out with this Bass, who was
brother to the John who left Conworth his farm
and had never visited America. At supper
Cahill tells me how he has met Mort Thomson,
returned with the other reporters from Port Royal.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page sixty-four|
|Description:||Regarding his quest to find the gravesite of Richard Bass.|
|Subject:||Bass, Richard; Cahill, Frank; Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.); Cemeteries; Civil War; Conworth, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Softly; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Tew, Mary; Tew, William; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, [New York]; Port Royal, South Carolina|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen|
|Description:||Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.|
|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.|