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                    at Old Point Comfort.
sed once by Heine, or his revolver and military
appurtenances tumbling off the cabin seat overhead
to the floor with hideous clatter and by Moses yel-
ling at him; but covered by two blankets and my
coat, I slept soundly till morning.
  23.  Sunday.   We have been moored since
3 A. M. and wake up off the Rappahannock, ha-
ving steamed a long way past our flotilla.   By
11. we arrive at Old Point Comfort.          Its as-
pect is thoroughly characteristic of sea-board
Dixie.      A long reach of sandy peninsula, the walls
of an immense fortress, a flag-staff, a wharf
or two, wh wooden houses looking dazzlingly
white in the bright sunshine, green tumbling
waves and   soldiers.      More of the latter indeed
came hither during the ensuing two or three months
than were ever assembled on any portion of this
continent.        Before the war Old Point Comfort
derived its only importance from its being a mili-
tary dep t and a watering-place.    Southerners af-
fluent in the curse of Canaan came hither, dur-
ring the first heats of summer, on their way to Nor-
thern watering-places, thronging its only hotel, less
densely however than the invading Yankees at the
present time.      Here they enjoyed sea-bathing and
the delicious sea-breeze which always tempers the
summer s solstice, and society of the aristocratic
and military caste dear to the hearts of the belles
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page sixty-nine
Description:Describes his arrival at Old Point Comfort on the steamer ''Kent.''
Date:1862-03-22
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heine, Captain; Kent (Ship); Military; Moses, Captain; Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
Coverage (City/State):[Hampton, Virginia]
Coverage (Street):Old Point Comfort
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
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.