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            General O.  Howard of Maine.
to the deck of which I ascended by means of
a single plank, over a considerable expanse
of water.  The mule couldn t reach the  Nelly
Baker  by this, of course.  However I learnt,
to my satisfaction that the steamer would not
get off till next morning, and a Philadelphian
captain of the intermediate vessel offered to
convey the mule to a camp he knew, where the
animal would be at least, safe.  This he did,
got me a cup of tea and some farma, and
also undertook to bring my animal to another
landing, from which the mail was to be re-
ceived, and to help me to get him aboard  
for all of which I renumerated him.  As
I sought the Nelly Baker a wounded officer
was carried aboard, who proved to be a
Gen. Howard of Maine, whose right arm
had been broken in two places by shot, in the
Battle of Fairoaks and very recently ampu-
tated.  Coming from the field he had met
Gen. Kearny (who had left his left arm on some
Mexican battle-field) and accosted him with,
 well General, I ll buy gloves with you now. 
They deposited this brave joker on a stretcher in
the cabin, and on the floor lay a handsome
young man, I was told the General s brother,
also badly wounded, I think in the thigh.  I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page forty-one
Description:Regarding boarding the steamer Nelly Baker, General Oliver Otis Howard of Maine, and a joke amongst amputees.
Date:1862-06-02
Subject:Amputation; Battle of Fair Oaks (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Howard, O.O.; Kearny, Philip; Military; Nelly Baker (Ship); Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; 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.