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           Gen. Stevens Encampment.
ed us considerable hospitality in the form of
cigars, cider and whiskey.  My aid-de-camp
friends were a Lieut. Richard Thompson &
Charles Hay   captain by courtesy   of 
whom more anon.  Loafed away the sultry
morning, dined and arriving at the Stone
River desembarked in a boat.  Here we
found an encampment and I was introdu-
ced to Brigadier-General Isaac Ingalls
Stevens, in command there.  He impressed
me as an able, pushing, active man, not at
all particular in his toilet, but likely to be
a brave soldier, as indeed he was.  At the
little pier I found the Julia Halleck, which
had preceded us with my baggage.  Return-
ing with it to the tent of Gen. Stevens, I 
sat there doing a little writing and waiting the
return of Hay.  Had supper.  The heat
dull, dead, oppressive and clammy, the place
all mud and marsh, smelling unpleasant-
ly; a few earthworks appertaining, I was
told, to the war of the revolution, the soldiers
tents shabby and dirty and  nothing stirring
but stagnation.   Presently learning that Hay
had gone aboard the Cosmopolitan I follow-
ed, getting rowed thither.  After a bottle of
claret, Honeywell returned in company with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page seventy-six
Description:Regarding his arrival at General Stevens encampment.
Date:1862-06-20
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hay, Charles; Honeywell, Charles; Military; Stevens, Isaac Ingalls; Julia Halleck (Ship); Thompson, Richard
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.