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                       Written in Quarantine.

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
ing ten with great interest.  In vain did we repre-
sent to Gen. Hunter, through Dr. Crispell, one of
the medical directors of the post, that we hadn t
yellow-fever on board (exhibiting Dr. Cormick in
proof); that we had endured enough rough weather
at sea to have blown away any tendency to it; that,
with the exception of the invalid soldiers we con-
veyed from the Tortugas, we were in a perfectly
satisfactory sanitary condition; in vain did Dr.
Crispell suggest a six days  probation.  Gen. Hunter
was inexorable, and   here we are.
   We have had two deaths on board the Delaware  
not of yellow fever.  The first, on the 28th of last
month was that of one of the soldiers above men-
tioned, a young man of 17, named Almos N. Woods,
belonging to the 7th New-Hampshire, who had been
sick of dysentery for some months.  His kinsfolk are
of South Ware, Hillsborough County, N.H.  He
lies buried in the little sandy graveyard on Otter
Island   a neatly-painted headboard, the work of a
comrade, indicating his place of sepulture.
   The second occurred two days ago, when the Rev.
Alfred A. Miller, formerly and Episcopal clergyman
of Philadelphia, but who, being an invalid, has for
some years resided at St. Augustine, Florida, died of
Bright s disease of the kidneys.  He was, with his
family, on his way North with the intention of re-
turning to his native city.  His remains are tempo-
rarily deposited in a grave on the parapet of an
abandoned Rebel fort on the lonely shore.  Gen.
Terry, with most of the officers on board, and Capt.
Etting of the war-steamer Shepherd Knapp, with
others of his command, attended the funeral.
   Another loss, though of no melancholy character.
Dr. Cormick has, according to Gen. Hunter s in-
structions, returned to Key West, there to resume
his medical duties.  And an order has arrived from
Washington for the release of our late prisoners,
Messrs. Bethel and Pinkney.  They will, therefore,
at the conclusion of our quarantine, be at liberty.
   The bark Fanny Laure of Quebec, was this morn-
ing captured in an attempt to run the blockade into
Charleston.  Being discovered at daybreak aground
in shoal water in South Edisto Channel, east of
Fenwick s Island, a boat was dispatched by Capt.
Etting of the United States war frigate Shepherd
Knapp, with the object of ascertaining her char-
acter.  She proved to be a prize of over 300 tuns
burden, with a regular clearance for Quebec, and a
valuable cargo of salt, medicines, wines, spirits and
provisions.  Her captain, a French Canadian, at
once delivered up his papers and vessel, confessing
that his intended destination was Charleston, but
that he had missed his reckoning.  He imagined
himself to be near Cape Romaine, a hundred miles
to the northward.  There was an English mate on
board, and two passengers, Southerners; the crew
comprised about a dozen New-Providence negroes.
These, with the captain, were immediately trans-
ported to Hilton Head, and a prize crew placed on
board the Fanny Laure.  She was subsequently
towed off by the United States steamboat Delaware,
and piloted by its commander, Capt. Faircloth, to
her present anchorage off Otter Island.  It is ex-
pected that both the Delaware and Shepherd Knapp,
will realize a handsome amount of prize-money by
the transaction.
   The captain of the Fanny Laure denies that the
yellow fever is prevalent at New-Providence.
   On the forenoon of Wednesday the 3d, the gun-
boat Planter (Robert Small s present to the United
States), while steaming along the coasts of the Coo-
saw and Ashappo Rivers, was fired upon by bat-

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
teries on the shore.  She responded with grape and
canister, silencing the enemy.  She subsequently
threw a few shells in the direction of a squad of
hostile cavalry visible on the main land.                            
                            Hilton Head, S. C., Sept. 8, 1862.
   Everything here is tranquil and torpid.  Gen.
Hunter has gone (rather suddenly, but much to his
own satisfaction) to where there may be hope of his
finding soldier s work to do, and we look for the
arrival of Major-Gen. O. M. Mitchel daily, to take
command of the Southern Department.  Meantime,
Gen. Brannan enjoys the protectorate.
   The health of the troops is comparatively good.
   The United States gun-boat Canandiagua, came
hither on the 6th with the officers and crew of the un-
lucky Adirondack, which got wrecked on Man-of-
War Point, Abaco Island.  Her armament is lost.
Swept toward a dangerous reef by a strong current,
the vessel lay helpless.  The Secesh wreckers have
since fired her, and she has burned to the water s
edge.
   The news of the death of Brig.-Gen. Stevens and
his son, in Virginia, has produced here a sensation
of heartfelt regret.  There was no braver soldier
living than Isaac Stevens, as this Department knew.
Honor to his memory!

[Gunn s diary continued]
Town, to fetch a cargo
of contrabands.
  26.  Saturday  
Dined at a newly-open-
ed restaurant in the
rear of head-quarters.
with Hay, Thompson
and Rice.  To head-
quarters.  Aboard
the  Delaware  for
the Southern Expedition-
a change of plan on
the part or Rice, who
had impressed Gen.
Wright so favorably
that he requested him
to accompany him
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding deaths on the Delaware, the departure of Dr. Cormick, the release of prisoners, and the capture of a Canadian blockade runner.
Date:1862-08-29
Subject:Adirondac (Ship); Bethel; Brannan, John Milton; Canandiagua (Ship); Civil War; Crispell, Dr.; Delaware (Ship); Diseases; Etting, Captain; Faircloth, Captain; Fanny Laure (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hay, Charles; Hunter, David; McCormick, Dr.; Miller, Alfred A.; Military; Mitchel, O.M.; New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, 7th; Pinckney; Planter (Ship); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Rice, J.M.; Shepherd Knapp (Ship); Small, Robert; Stevens, Isaac Ingalls; Terry, Alfred Howe; Thompson, Richard; Woods, Almos N.; Wright, Horatio Gouverneur
Coverage (City/State):Hilton Head, South Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Key West, [Florida]
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.