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	   An Old Acquaintance and
 Sergeant Livers  and I find that my old Gover-
nor s Island acquaintance is in the Fortress; has
been living there for two years.  So after going
out in the vain attempt to get supper (both res-
taurants being closed) during which walk I met
Hills, once of the Post   as I had met Mc El-
rath in the morning   I was piloted by Winches-
ter to a casemate two or three rows off, where
Livers dwelt, an adjacent casemate being fitted up
as a garrison restaurant.         Livers  room was
handsomely furnished, with carpet, piano, pic-
tures &c.        He, his wife and their grand-daugh-
ter were present.        He was quite white-haired
of course looking much older than he did nine years
ago, but age improved his appearance.       He knew
me directly, saying he had observed me that morn-
ing on the dock and intended to find me out.  We
talked about old times and new.          Barth, he
believed, was somewhere in Dixie.  Sergeant Gard-
ner, his father-in-law, is now a captain in the
rebel service; he deserted at Pensacola at the be-
ginning of the war and straightway became what
Orpheus C. Kerr denominates  a Confederacy.  Livers
loyally d____d him.      All the Gardner girls, Dora
Paps and Co are married.             The German Buch-
man or Beukman deserted from Uncle Sam
some years ago, at Camp Hamilton,  all along
of a bad married woman  said Livers.    Creecy s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page ninety-six
Description:Describes a talk with Sergeant Livers at Fortress Monroe.
Date:1862-03-31
Subject:Barth, William; Beukman; Civil War; Creecey; Fort Monroe (Va.); Gardner, Sergeant; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Kerr, Orpheus C.; Livers, Sergeant; Livers, Sergeant, Mrs.; McElrath, Thomson; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); 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.