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		The  Monitor. 
rant.     To Post office.   With Brigham and Hall
by boat to visit the Monitor, after awaiting a mes-
sage of permission from Captain Jefferds.   The
notable vessel lay not very far off from the wharf,
her deck, if so it may be called, within a foot or
so of the water, so that nothing of her but the
oblong iron  raft  and the  cheesebox  turret was
visible.     Into this latter we clomb, up a clamp
latter, perpendicular with the sides of it, the en-
trance being on top.  Within we surveyed the two
powerful guns, almost filling the chamber, the
apparatus for thrusting forwards and withdraw-
ing them, the apertures that could be closed at plea-
sure, the thick iron sheeting of which the turret con-
sisted and much more, then descending to the
submarine main portion of the anomalous vessel.
Here we were greatly surprised at the comparative
space obtained and the good light, the latter ne-
cessarilly coming from above.  There was an en-
gine-room of four dimensions, a dining room, the
Captain s department, et cetera, all larger than one
would have expected.   Capt. Jeffords gave us a friend-
ly reception, but as he wasn t in command during
the fight with the Merrimac, one couldn t be much 
interested in him.        The pilot house was curious,
a small chamber of devious ascent, containing per-
haps room for two persons, four horizontal slits
in the sides affording a view at the different points
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page ninety
Description:Describes a tour of the ''Monitor.''
Date:1862-03-29
Subject:Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Jeffords, Captain; Merrimac (Ship); Monitor (Ship); Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
Coverage (City/State):[Hampton, Virginia]
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.