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                  On James Island.
Thompson and Rice.  Down the green
lane in the forest spoken of in the letter
overleaf, to just beyond the sign post.  The
hostile pickets were within less than pistol-
shot of each other; we dismounted in order to
go as far as possible.  It was a curious fan-
cy to think that if I had walked twenty yards
beyond a given spot that I should find my-
self a prisoner and see my Charleston friends
again under novel circumstances.  I wasn t
tempted to try the experiment, however.  Re-
turning, rode down another land to the left.
As we emerged form the woods the Colonel
of a Connecticut regiment cantered up to give
the pickets instructions in case of a night-sup-
rise.  Back to quarters.  A visit to George
Edwards tent.  Supper; ale; talk, scrib-
bling and smoke.  A windy night, and
some anticipations of an attack, perhaps
in consequence of the story of another deserter,
a German, who came in to-day.
     25.  Wednesday.  Under canvas all
day except an occasional saunter to head-
quarters, or into Serrell s office.  Weather
sultry but not oppressively so.
     26.  Thursday.  A day of desultory
loafing.  To the pier with Thompson; both
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page eighty-three
Description:Regarding a walk along the front.
Date:1862-06-24
Subject:Civil War; Edwards, George, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; James Island (S.C.); Military; Rice, J.M.; Serrell, Edward W.; Thompson, Richard
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [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.