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             The    Fourth of July    at
office at the end of the pier during a
rainstorm.  Tea on board a big steamer.
Then back to the General s; sitting in front
of his quarters under the piazza, looking
out on the sea, in company with the General,
his wife, the doctor s wife Halpine and Fes-
senden.  Talk, songs and recitations.  I
sang the  John Brown  song, of which Gen.
Hunter was particularly fond.  Thus, with
intervals of drinking till 10.  Then the party
broke up and we repaired to Halpine s
quarters, quitting them to retire to our
own.  I was lodged in a front room next
to Fessenden s; a neat, unpainted wooden
apartment, tall and spacious, with a
blanket bed, but provided with musquito-
curtains.  Turning out in the grey of the
morning to look at the magnificent prospect
of sea and sky, I found the sentinel on
the piazza outside seated on the steps,
with his musket between his knees, fast asleep.
    4.  Friday.  Breakfast with Fessenden
and Stockton.  Loafing.  Diarrhaeah.  Met
Capt. Ike Phillips on the pier.  The day as
described in Tribune letter on page 83.  Stock-
ton and Fessenden off to visit the Wabash,
returning at evening wet through.  Reading
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page ninety-four
Description:Regarding an evening at General Hunter's headquarters.
Date:1862-07-03
Subject:Civil War; Fessenden, Captain; Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Hunter, David; Hunter, David, Mrs.; Military; Phillips, Ike; Stockton, Lieutenant
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.