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                Approaching Port Royal.
mind, crying out  Good Good ! what shall I do? 
But Brand and King behaved like men and
sailors, and presently got us off into deep water
again, where we lay beating about in the heavy
sea and rough night till morning.  I turned
in only partially undressed, and spent the night
in alternate dozes and talk with the fellows
who came to my open door from time to time,
professing that they couldn t sleep or bring them-
selves to trying to.  Halpin, meantime, was in a
deplorable condition, grinding his teeth like a
demoniac in the darkness, and every now and then
crying out in a lamentable voice for the  Schew-
ard !   The brandy he had swilled for three days
and three nights almost killed him.  King had
had to assume the part of doctor and administer
some laudanum to him, out of the medicine chest,
when he became quieter.  Most of the passengers
were rather scared at the condition of things,
but somehow I thought we should come out all
right and didn t feel apprehensive.
        17.   Tuesday.  Still a stormy morning; drench-
ing rain, heavy thud of waves and the Locust
Point beating about with apparently no prospect
of reaching Port Royal to-day.  Writing, below,
all day, till sunset, finishing a second commu-
nication for the Tribune.  By 7 P.M. the weather
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page sixty-four
Description:Regarding the end of the storm, Captain French's incompetence, and the deplorable state of Halpin throughout the journey.
Date:1862-06-16
Subject:Brand, Captain; Drunkenness; French, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Journalism; King, Captain; Locust Point (Ship); Medical care; New York tribune.; Ocean travel; 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.