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                     Port Royal, again.
    19.  Thursday.  Up early and a wash all
over.  Breakfast, broken by Babcock (who had
slept elsewhere) and who rushed in with the
news that the Honduras was just starting for
Hilton Head, only waiting for us.  So we ran
off and got aboard.  Scribbling all the way.
At Port Royal again: with Babcock to the
asistant-adjutant-general s office, where
Halpine received me very hospitably.  Introdu-
ced by him to Lieut.  Stockton, a nephew of
the wife of Gen. Hunter, and a very gentleman-
ly young fellow.  Drinking claret punch in
the coolest of undress, in Halpine s back-of-
fice, and writing my letter to the Tribune, being
favored with all the documents that had come
to hand about the James Island affair, inclu-
ding a lively letter from a young officer who
had been a witness of it.  Congratulated
myself on my position, as contrasted with re-
porting in Virginia.  Presently invited to vist
Gen. Hunter and had three-quarters of an
hour s interview with him, his wife being pre-
sent.  It was pleasant this, sitting in a
comfortable parlor, the clean piazza outside,
the sentinel walking up and down, the blazing
South Carolina sun, and the glorious dash
of waves outside.  Our paper had always
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page seventy-one
Description:Regarding the trip back to Port Royal, South Carolina, and a meeting with General Hunter.
Subject:Babcock, Lieutenant; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Honduras (Ship); Hunter, David; Hunter, David, Mrs.; James Island (S.C.); Journalism; New York tribune.; Ocean travel; Stockton, Lieutenant; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Hilton Head, South Carolina; Port Royal, South Carolina; Beaufort, South Carolina; Virginia
Scan Date:2010-09-10


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.