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	  The  Monitor  and  Merrimac. 
to the strangeness of the craft.     When we returned
on deck the crew were going to dinner and the
little tug that had brought us on board had return-
ed with a fugitive negro from Norfolk, sent to be
questioned by Capt. Jeffries.   He described the state
of things in the city, told what he knew, and possi-
bly more, of the condition of the Merrimac and
we left him on board.            The Captain, I thought,
appeared not too anxious to risk another battle
with the famous  rebel monster.    Had she come
out I believe it had been decided that everything
naval was to bear down on and try to sink her.
The scare about the Merrimac extended to the big
northern cities, there were actually fools in New York
who suggested the blocking up of the harbor by sinking
stones in it (after the fashion of the abortive Charles-
ton atrocity) to keep out the all-dreaded  Virginia 
as the Confederates called her.   While we were
on the Monitor, a transport loaded with troops
arrived and cheered us lustily.   Some of these
overfreighted vessels went certainly within range
of the guns on the hostile shore opposite; it was
a constant wonder to me that we did not hear
of a cannon-ball from Sewell s Point going smash
into a boiler, scalding some hundreds of men
and perhaps drowning more.       Ashore and to
the Hygeia.     A letter from Boweryem with
gossip about 132 Bleecker.     The Leahys gone.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page ninety-two
Description:Describes a tour of the ''Monitor.''
Subject:Boweryem, George; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jeffries, Captain; Leahy, Anastatia; Leahy, Miss; Merrimac (Ship); Military; Monitor (Ship); Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Hampton, Virginia]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.