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                   Beaufort, South Carolina
trees.  Now and then we passed white houses and
abandoned plantations.  Capt French was very
apprehensive of running his steamer aground, which
he presently accomplished when we were in sight
of Beaufort.  But there was on board a Col. Mor-
row, who was appointed Provost-Marshal of the
place, and Babcock and I went ashore in a
boat with him and some of his companions.  Landing
at a quiet little pier we strolled through the
village.  It had been quite an aristocratic place,
the summer residence of wealthy South Carolinians,
and looked beautiful in the semi-tropical lux-
uriance of its foliage.  The houses, standing apart,
and mostly built of wood were sometimes quite
hidden by trees.  Passing the house of the arch-
rebel Rhett, we met two mounted officers who hail-
ed Babcock and invited him to their quarters,
which lay rather in the rear of the main street
of the place.  It was the quarters of a Col Christ,
of the 56th Penn, and we got there just as a heavy
rain-storm set in.  In the parlor of the house
we sat smoking, drinking gin-and-water and
being furiously bitten by musquitoes.  Here news
reached us of a recent disaster on James Island.
The rain ceasing, I set out with Babcock to in-
quire about it, visiting sundry places in search
of the man who had brought the intelligence from
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page sixty-nine
Description:Regarding arrival at Beaufort, South Carolina, and news of a disaster on James Island.
Date:1862-06-18
Subject:Babcock, Lieutenant; Christ, Colonel; French, Captain; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; James Island (S.C.); Military; Morrow, Colonel; Ocean travel; Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 56th; Rhett, Robert Barnwell; Travel
Coverage (City/State):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.