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                 General David Hunter.
liked Gen. Dave Hunter especially his pro-
clamation freeing the negroes, which had been
revoked by the President, hence I was in high
feather in his department and immensely
popular.  Returning to Halpine s I got my
hair cut military fashion, that is very close,
on account of the heat, and found it comfortable.
Gen Hunter s negro-servant was the barber.
Presently I was summoned to dinner with
the General and his aides, in a cool building
in the rear, Mrs Hunter being also present.
There was in attendance a little black boy
who might have sat for Puck but for his
ebony color, who fanned away the busy flies.
This urchin, when I first presented myself
at headquarters, had  recognized  me as the
son of  his ole massa , which notable discovery
made some mirth among the aids, who chaffed
about a Secesh spy presenting himself in the
guise of a Tribune correspondent.  I thought,
however, how this unlucky approbative ten-
dency to over-intelligence in certain imita-
tive classes might result seriously on occasion.
An hour or so s writing.  Then horses being
at the door, an I mounted and with Capt.
Fessenden (son of a senator of Maine, and
on Hunter s staff) temporarily colonel of the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page seventy-two
Description:Regarding Gunn's being mistaken for the son of a plantation owner by a former slave.
Subject:African Americans; Civil War; Emancipation; Fessenden, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Hunter, David; Hunter, David, Mrs.; Journalism; Lincoln, Abraham; Military; New York tribune.; Slavery; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):[Port Royal, South Carolina]
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.