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                The Last Man in Beaufort. 
the scene of action.  In doing this we went to
the only hotel in the place, and Babcock, calling
at an adjacent store, introduced me to a little
old man who had once attained considerable
notoriety as the only white inhabitant of Beau-
fort, when the Union troops took the place, when
he was represented as too drunk to fly.  This
story, however, Babcock contradicted as I think
it was very probably false, as the old man hap-
pened to be a native of Masachusetts and might
have remained trusting to this fact for his safety.
He was, my informant said, very much fright-
ened and the sensational reporters   Mort Thom-
son among the rest   either mistook his condition
or lied about it.  After unsuccessfully trying
the door of Col. Morrow s quarters and visiting
a drunken quartermaster who was very abusive
of Gen. Hunter s colored brigade,  the 1[st] South
Carolina Volunteers  and of a clerical volun-
tary correspondent of the Tribune, who had
written a letter respecting them, we returned
to the quarters of Col. Christ, where ensured
much wearisome talk, which with the heat
and musquitoes tired me out; though it was
not till 7 1/2 A.M. that I got to sleep, on
a sofa in the room, while the rest were still
talking.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page seventy
Description:Regarding an introduction to the sole white inhabitant of Beaufort not to flee the Union arrival, and an abusive quartermaster.
Date:1862-06-18
Subject:African American troops; Babcock, Lieutenant; Civil War; Christ, Colonel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hunter, David; Military; Morrow, Colonel; South Carolina Infantry Regiment, 1st (Union); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.