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professed to have lain with her, telling anec-
dotes of her peculiar temperament. (These I
heard some weeks subsequent to the date under
which I write; during my sojourn at Port
Royal.)  He was a fair haired Irishman
with rather a square face, a decidedly aquiline
nose, a moustache, and a not altogether pre-
possessing look.  Born in Ireland, he had
gone enthusiastically into the Mitchel and
O Brien rebellion, though I don t know that
he was obliged to flee his country in conse-
quence.  He told me a good deal, curious in
its way, about the equivocal  patriots  of that
epoch, its poets and others.  He proved, in-
deed, very friendly to me, in South Caroli-
na.  By the way his last political experience
ws at the Charleston Convention, to which
he went in the Douglas interest.  Now, he
had assumed a final e to his name and was
factotum to Gen. Hunter of which more
anon.  Halpin, or Halpine, an ex-newspa-
per man himself, was very civil to the rep-
resentatives of the press generally, and demo-
cratically politic in propitiating them.  He
had a wife and children in New York or Wash-
ington.  He was destined, a couple of years
after this date, to attain considerable celebrity
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page fifty-six
Description:Gives a short description of Halpin, and summarizes his career and background.
Subject:Clare, Ada; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Hunter, David; Irish; Journalism; Mitchel, John
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Port Royal, South Carolina
Scan Date:2010-09-10


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.