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                     On James Island.
Returning to the tent we lay, with its skirts
hitched up to allow what air there was in mo-
tion to circulate, under canvas, on the hay,
dozing and idling away the torrid afternoon.
I had a walk and a gossip afterwards with
George Ed-                              
wards, wit-                               
nessed the                                 
evening drill                             
of a Penn-                                 
sylvannia regi-                          
ment and                                   
heard the                                   
chaplain s                                  
prayer and                                  
sermon, which                           
latter I thought                           
unjustifiably                               
long, addres-                              
sed to men                                  
with muskets

[photograph]
Captain J. M. Rice.

	on their arms
	anon with
	the Colonel
	and Major
	to supper.
	A smoke and 
	debate after-
	wards on the
	inevitable sub-
	ject of aboli-
	tion which
	Serrell was
	opposed to,
	talking the
	usual dreary
	cackle in de-
[word crossed out] fence of slavery.   If it was going to be an
abolition was he should resign Etc.  and he
didn t know but that he should  offer his sword
to the other side.  Not on this account, but on
his general cockyness and, I am afraid, men-
dacity, Serrell had got himself furiously un-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page eighty-one
Description:Regarding dinner and Serrell's anti-abolitionist talk.
Date:1862-06-22
Subject:Abolition; Civil War; Edwards, George, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Rice, J.M.; Serrell, Edward W.; Slavery
Coverage (City/State):[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.