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              Something like Danger.
At this time we were passed by a pilot-boat,
very near to us, but so rapidly that we could
barely exchange a word with her.  Descending
the cabin stairs I lost my cap, which must
have been blown overboard; it disappeared sud-
denly.  After supper the weather got rougher
still, until we were really in some danger.  Finding
the comely wife of the hospital-steward of the
56th Penn. in alarm and apprehension, lying
on a mattress in the saloon I comforted her with
a little brandy and water, also talk; holding
her head when she was sick and sitting on the
floor with my arm round her waist, at which
she testified no displeasure.  Things really
looked alarming now and then, and half war-
ranted the women s fear, for water occasional-
ly poured in from above, at the saloon windows
or side lights, cataract fashion.  At this junc-
ture I felt the ship bump twice, heavily.  Both
the women squalled, but I persuaded them that
it was only an unusually heavy wave striking
against the vessel, assuring great sea faring
experience, when they got calmer again, As
afterwards appeared the ship had grounded
twice on a sand-bar, off Charleston, and
we were all in imminent peril, especially as
Capt. French (our captain) lost his presence of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page sixty-three
Description:Regarding the effects of the storm on the Locust Point and her passengers.
Date:1862-06-16
Subject:Civil War; French, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Locust Point (Ship); Ocean travel; Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 56th; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [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.