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                  From Hilton Head to
sel had been on the Atlantic route.  We dined
in a stylish saloon, on soup, fish, turkey with
oyster-stuffing, pastry, champagne and brandy
ending with coffee and cigars.  It was exceed-
inly hot.  Returning to the pier and discovering
that the Julia Halleck hadn t started, nor was
yet likely to do so, while the Locust Point was
just going to Beaufort, I resolved to go thither
too, as Fuller invited me.  But when the steam-
er put forth from the pier the Quartermaster
got left behind.  On the vessel I fount the two
Halls, Babcock and other passengers, military
and civilian.  Among the miscellaneous persons
were three young negresses, as black as might be,
very showily dressed, with extensive hoop-skirts
and gay straw hats.  They chattered gleefully
and gave themselves the airs of belles.  Going
below I found the comely Hospital Steward s
wife, who appeared rather curt and cross,
perhaps on account of the extreme heat, perhaps
because she thought I might presume on our
little familiarity.  So I talked with Babcock,
the Halls and the males, smoked cigars and
enjoyed the prospect.  It was an essentially
Southern one, a river bounded by swamp and
marsh, with islands of oysters (out of season
and uneatable) and, in the distance, a line of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page sixty-seven
Description:Regarding river travel from Hilton Head toward Beaufort, and a description of dinner.
Date:1862-06-18
Subject:African Americans; Babcock, Lieutenant; Civil War; Food; Fuller (Quartermaster); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (passenger); Hall, Jr. (passenger); Julia Halleck (Ship); Locust Point (Ship); Military; Ocean travel; Planter (Ship); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):Hilton Head, [South Carolina]; Beaufort, [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.