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                     St. Augustine.
army, a lieutenant, to whom Thompson
had written a letter informing him of the
health of his family, and leaving it in the
deserted camp when we evacuated James
Island.  To these sisters the young men were
speedily resuming attentions, in the upper bal-
cony or verandah that ran round the house-
we had a good dinner at this hotel, the
principle dish being roast pig with okra or
gumbo; loafed during the afternoon and
at night I, Faircloth and others took a
ramble about the old town.  The two aides
being still upstairs, devoting themselves ex-
clusively to the ladies.
   29.  Tuesday.  A stroll about the city
all the forenoon with Hay and another, to
old fort Mark, near Fort Marion.  In
and over it, ascending the ramparts, etc.
The place and the old town looked very
picturesque in the sultry summer and morning.
when the place was captured by the Union
troops the indolent inhabitants expressed
great surprise at the soldiers hauling cannon
up to the ramparts, a thing they had never
thought of doing.  We visited the magazine,
used as a dungeon afterwards.  Then 
a stroll through the town to the Plaza.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Regarding a stroll around St. Augustine and comments about the citizens.
Date:1862-07-28
Subject:Castillo de San Marcos (Saint Augustine, Fla.); Civil War; Faircloth, Captain; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hay, Charles; James Island (S.C.); Military; Thompson, Richard
Coverage (City/State):St. Augustine, [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.