Life at Fortress Monroe.
to dine at restaurant on the wharf. A salute
of cannon being fired excited some expectation of the
arrival of Gen. Mc Clellan, but it proved to be in honor of Vice-
President Hamlin, who had already entered the fort.
A squally, dank day. Back to the Fort. Sup-
per at the Hygeia. Evening at casemate. Talk-
ing and smoking, while some of the young fellows,
officers were singing hymns in the next casemate.
Hall with me all day. Winchester has a bed
made up on the floor for him. Received a
letter from Hannah this morning, expedited
from New York via Washington.
31. Monday. Breakfasted at restaurant.
On the wharf joined Aiken, Steiner and Walling-
ton, of the Philadelphia Enquirer. They were all con-
demning Hamlin, the Vice President of the U. S. who
had just arrived here on a junketting party, with
a number of ladies, from Washington. Their steamer
occupied the end of the wharf, thereby preventing
the debarkation of the troops. A dull morning,
gradually clearing up. At the Quartermaster s,
found Brigham and Hall. Anon to Casmate
7 and scribbling. Shoulder-straps and whiskey
prevalent; talk of female correspondence. Win-
chester and his boy dined with me at restaurant
near wharf. Met Hendricks he on horseback,
from the camp. In the evening, on my sug-
gesting oysters, it is proposed to obtain them from
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page ninety-five|
|Description:||Describes time he spent at Fortress Monroe|
|Subject:||Aiken, Captain; Bennett, Hannah; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Food; Fort Monroe (Va.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Hamlin, Hannibal; Hendricks; McClellan, George B.; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Steiner; Wallington; Winchester, S.|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Hampton, Virginia]|
|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.|