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            At the Drayton Plantation  
lost my way in the afternoon while going
to the Drayton plantation, and remained
there that night, the quest of young Capt. Trow-
bridge.  This officer had been a private in
Serrell s Engineer regiment and was a very
kindly fellow.  We walked round the pickets
at night, visited the tomb described in the
letter, and returned to our couches, where
I was furiously flea-bitten in the old-fashioned
building.
   {7.  Monday.    Related in the letter beginning
   8.  Tuesday.}    on the opposite page.  Quite
a South Carolina idyll, pleasant to remem-
ber.  I returned to Ruggles  place with him
by 2 P.M. and being joined by Trowbridge
we were raced back through the rushes to
the St. Helena landing-place, my companion
then quitting me.  The negro-crew took me
across the bay, of a grand moonlight night
to Hilton Head and the Drayton plantation.
There by 10 1/2.
    9.  Wednesday.  Writing all day at the
negro headquarters, my Tribune letter.
In the afternoon went with Trowbridge, who
had got back from St. Helena, to see a gen-
eral review of white troops in the fields at
some little distance. Serrell was present
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page ninety-eight
Description:Regarding a visit to Drayton plantation.
Date:1862-07-06
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Magnolia Plantation (Charleston County, S.C.); New York tribune.; Ruggles; Serrell, Edward W.; Trowbridge, Charles
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.