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                           Camp Life
ordinarily they slept outside.
   28.  Saturday.  Under canvas till
evening with not much exception.  An idle life.
Arrival of quartermaster Elwells from Hilton
Head with news.  A ride at evening in the
wood and skirting it.  A visit from George
Edwards.  A man killed yesterday after-
noon in the fort we had visited that morn-
ing; also a limb from our tree of observation
lopped off by a fragment of shell.  Five
other soldiers wounded.  All the talk in camp
of our approaching evacuation, and chagrin
expressed at it.
     29.  Sunday.  Scribbling and loafing..
     30.  Monday.  The same.  Writing to
Hannah and to Boweryem, Sketching head-
quarters and our tents for Rice and Thomp-
son.  At Serrell s during the evening.
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                    July  
  1.  Tuesday.  Cannonading at early morning,
noise of shot and shell and some excitement
in camp.  Diarrhah.  Quiet returned.
Finished letter to Hannah.  Loafing, drink-
ing claret and dozing.  A ride at sunset
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page eighty-eight
Description:Regarding the idleness of camp life and the noise of repeated shellings.
Date:1862-06-27
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boweryem, George; Civil War; Edwards, George, Jr.; Ellwell; Gunn, Thomas Butler; James Island (S.C.); Military; Military camp life; Rice, J.M.; Serrell, Edward W.; Thompson, Richard
Coverage (City/State):Hilton Head, [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.