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      In Fortress Monroe.     Officers after  a
		Champagne Spree. 
In blind-room, dozing and scribbling.   Aiken
in.   Saw Whittemore below, newly arrived from
the camp.   A sudden and violent rain-storm
prevent Hall and myself from going thither.   In
the evening, Steiner who has lodgings within the
fort comes for me with a message from Winchester,
requesting my presence at his room, Casemate No
7.       So I don india-rubber overcoat and am piloted
through the rain and puddles to the locality in
question, where Winchester gives me the heartiest of
receptions.  As the casemate is a spacious room with 
a cheery fire burning in a grate in one end of it
I have made a pleasant exchange from my Hygeia 
disaccommodation.    Winchester has a brother offi-
cer with him, a Capt. Richardson, an Englishman.
We are presently summoned to whiskey and talk
in another casemate.    Returning, we are conversing
and smoking by the fire when the door of com-
munication with the adjoining casement opens to ad-
mit a festive procession of half a dozen young
fellows, officers, headed by one playing the Rogue s
March on a fiddle, to which really pretty tune they
promenaded and danced round the table, with
infinite hilarity.   They had been indulging in a
 champagne spree.    They vented dramatic mor-
ceaux with any amount of perversion and jocular
absurdity, always to the accompaniment of the
violin which was excellently played.   Amid all
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page ninety-three
Description:Describes a group of young officers on a ''champagne spree'' at Fortress Monroe.
Date:1862-03-29
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Civil War; Fort Monroe (Va.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Military; Music; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Richardson, Captain; Steiner; Whittemore; Winchester, S.
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.