A ride from Beaufort__.
17. Thursday. A disappointment about
getting a carriage and going to Port Royal
Ferry, as proposed, Hickox having allowed
his negro to drive off with it. (This Lieut.
Volney Hickox was a very queer fellow, who
had been insane once and incarcerated in a
lunatic asylum : Morrow pronounced him still
crazy and told me of extraordinary letters
which Hickox had sent him. He lived all
alone in a large, sunny vacant house, and
was very disputatious and fond of controversy.
Generally he bored me.) Got the big horse
again and set off for a ride with Babcock.
The heat intense. Through the forest of pines,
and live oaks, and cherry trees, moss covered most of them, at a
slapping pace. Babcock looked like Cahill
and reminded me of Heylyn in some respects.
A pause under a tree; negro huts and cot-
ton fields. Purchase of a melon and re-
freshment. Found the newly-arrived govern-
ment agent, an elderly Englishman from the
midland counties. As we sat eating our me-
lons under the trees conversing, the negroes
old and young, crowded about us deferentially.
A ride to the river, then back. To a pitcu-
resque place where the Beaufort folks used
to pic-nic in ante-Secession times. Some
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and eight|
|Description:||Regarding a day spent in Beaufort, South Carolina.|
|Subject:||African Americans; Babcock, Lieutenant; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Hickox, Volney; Mental illness; Morrow, Colonel|
|Coverage (City/State):||Beaufort, [South Carolina]|
|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.|