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                     St. Augustine
the portrait of a good-looking innkeeper
in Gil Blas.  He was plump and portly
in figure and rather bald.  His duties as
mayor had been quite superseded by the
military: he talked of going to Havana.
He told me that he considered his home-
stead as worth $1000, no more.  His gar-
den contained two sorts of oranges, figs
and blooming oleanders.  Left him and
strolled down to the sea-wall and there
finding a boat just putting off for the Dela-
ware, went aboard, found Hay dozing
in the cabin, Gen. Terry and others.  An
hours loafing, then ashore again.  Inspection
of 7 companies of the 4th Rhode Island by
Gen. Terry, in an open space behind the
fort.  Lookers-on, including the mayor and
bare legged children.  A storm blowing
up.  Back to the hotel.  Supper.  In the
evening one of the many young captains or
lieutenants got a supply of whiskey and
claret, so the young fellows of course im-
proved the opportunity, in his room.  Hay
got drunk, pugilistic and loquacious  
I left the party and got to bed but had
two interruptions into my room subsequently.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Regarding the mayor of St. Augustine and a party amongst the young officers.
Subject:Books and reading; Civil War; Delaware (Ship); Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hay, Charles; Military; Pesetti; Rhode Island Infantry Regiment, 4th; Terry, Alfred Howe
Coverage (City/State):St. Augustine, [Florida]; Havana, [Cuba]
Scan Date:2010-09-10


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.