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          On board the  Locust   Point. 
sorted a good deal with King, the harbor-master,
and one or two others.  The Locust Point had
not been built as a passenger-vessel, but recent
alterations enabled her to carry a limited num-
ber.  As the day wore on the weather became
delightful.  I occupied myself, during part of
the time, in writing a letter to the Tribune, a
general one about my Virginian experience.  At
night I loafed on deck with my fellow passen-
gers.  Halpine appeared at supper only, being
then only half sober.  He had came on board af-
ter a debauch which brought him to the verge
of delirium Tremens, and had with him a huge
demijohn of brandy, which he intended taking
to his friends at Port Royal, but as it remain-
ed in his berth all the time and he applied him-
self to it without stint, I don t think one drop
of it reached South Carolina.  To bed by 9  :
an idle, lulling time, during which I began
to get well rapidly.
      14.  Saturday.   Up betimes, on a sultry mor-
ning, two hours before breakfast.  The boat a
slow one, with a faulty engine, and a civil but
not able captain; which second drawback obli-
ged us to make occasional pauses.  A sunny,
idle day, almost a calm.  The women on deck,
to see a large shark playing about in the water
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page sixty
Description:Regarding the passengers on the ''Locust Point,'' and the calm restful voyage.
Date:1862-06-13
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Journalism; King, Captain; Locust Point (Ship); New York tribune.; Ocean travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Port Royal, South Carolina
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.