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                Gen. Benham under arrest.
Here, in a sort of tank which the men had ex-
temporized, was a fine large turtle, recently
caught.  Rode back to headquarters with Fes-
senden and Hickox, another of Gen. Hunter s
aides; at the lodgings of the former awhile,
then to Halpine s.  Quite a little claret party
of young fellows, temporarily visited by the Gene-
ral.  Songs and smoke.  Presently I adjourn-
ed to the front office and got to work scribbling
       20.  Friday.  } till 1 1/2 A.M. finishing my
account of the James Island disaster for the
Tribune, to go North by the next day s steamer.
As I wrote a tremendous storm of thunder, light-
ning and rain was raging without, which present-
ly exhausted itself.  Not very fall off, in one
of the apartments ending the row, was Gen-
Benham (the same unprepossessing officer I
had once met in New York at the house of Mar-
tin the clergyman) now placed under arrest
by Gen Hunter, as a reward for his recent  suc-
cessful reconnaisance  as he called it.  Halpine
had shown me Hunter s order-book containing
a letter expressly forbidding Benham making
any attempt of the sort, and I could perceive,
was anxious that such an account should go to
the Tribune as should exonerate Hunter from
all responsibility in the matter.  Indeed all
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page seventy-four
Description:Regarding the return to Gen. Hunter's headquarters and the arrest of Gen. Benham.
Date:1862-06-19
Subject:Benham, Henry Washington; Civil War; Fessenden, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Hickox, Volney; Hunter, David; James Island (S.C.); Journalism; Martin, Professor; Military; New York tribune.
Coverage (City/State):[Port Royal, 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.