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                                  St. Augustine.
particulars see let-
ter.  I went with
Thompson and Hay
to the Magnolia House,
kept by a fat, portly,
easy going Georgian
named Buffington  
Colonel, of course.
It was apparently in
a side street, but
really the main one in
the town, named after
the patron saint of En-
gland; a large wooden
hotel, thoroughly South-
ern in aspect, with a
garden and verandah,
and not far off, a
nursery.  The two
young aides had lived
at the place before
and established flir-
tations with the Colonel s
daughters, who were
out-and-out rebels in
sentiment and had a
brother in the Southern

 [newspaper clipping]
         {Written for the New South.}
                     In Quarantine.
    On board the U.S. Steamboat Delaware   }
  St. Helena Sound, S.C., September 6,  62. }
  The word Quarantine has a musical, an agreea-
ble sound, yet is the condition it specifies an un-
desirable one.  Subject to it, you become a
sanitary Pariah, one of a community of temporary
Robinson Crusoes, cut off from intercourse with
your fellow-man, condemned for a limited time to
a maritime purgatory.  Nay, more, you are in-
voluntarily forced into the position of an enemy
of your species, suspected of being an incarnate
infection, a promenading pestilence, and anticipa-
tory ghoul, and Ancient Mariner with the albatross
of disease constantly slung round his neck.  In
the imagination of shore-going mortals, you pace
the deck arm in arm with Yellow Jack, impatient
to introduce him to your fellow-creatures.
  All of which, happily, not the case on board
the Delaware.  Subsequent to her departure from
Key West on the fourteenth of last month, one of
our passengers, Dr. Cornick, medical director of
the post, was taken sick of what at first appeared
as a bilious fever but presently developed into a
yellow one.  Thanks to the unremitting attentions
of a non-medical friend, he had become entirely
convalescent some days before our arrival off Hil-
ton Head; so much so, indeed, that he is now on
his way back to his post and duty, according to
Gen. Hunter s order.  That is the only case of yel-
low-fever we have experienced.  In truth, the
blusterous, squally weather which kept us impris-
oned at St. Augustine, and accompanied us in our
voyage northwards, would have dispersed any
possible infection.  Nevertheless, we recognize the
wisdom of using all necessary precautions and bow
to Gen. Hunter s authority.  And our probation-
ary term has nearly elapsed.
   Our prospect is not a diversified one.  As the
tide changes, we swing round, gradually and grace-
fully, presenting our larboard or starboard side to
the low, sandy, sedgy shore of Otter Island or the
more distant wooded one of St. Helena, and vice
versa.  There is, anchored not far from us, the
war-frigate Shepherd Knapp, and also, and unlucky
bark, in similar plight with us, which we all re-
member as sending a modest request to us to tow
her out of the harbor of St. Augustine.  When all
day long the bar was a sea of tossing, tumbling
foam which, at night, roared like Niagra!  We
bumped twice in getting over it.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Regarding the particulars of the Magnolia House. Includes a newspaper clipping describing Gunn's time at sea during quarantine aboard the Delaware.
Date:1862-07-28
Subject:Buffington, Colonel; Civil War; Delaware (Ship); Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hay, Charles; Hunter, David; Journalism; McCormick, Dr.; Military; New South.; New York tribune.; Shepherd Knapp (Ship); Thompson, Richard
Coverage (City/State):St. Augustine, [Florida]; St. Helena Sound, South Carolina; 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.