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                   St. Augustine.
                         August.
   1.  Friday.  Paid my hotel bill, left things
to wash, and with the negro Cyrus carrying
my small baggage went to the sea-wall and
was rowed from thence to the Delaware.  In
the little cabin of Purser Birdsall, writing a
letter to The Tribune, till 11 P.M.  Then to berth.
   2.  Saturday.  Sent off letter by the Burnside
which left St. Augustine at 10 A.M. talking
and reading.  Set off in a row boat with the
captain, purser, engineer and a brother of
Gen. Terry, intending an excursion to St. Anas-
tasia Island before dinner, but a storm
sent us back in time to escape a drenching.
Repeated the experiment after dinner, two
hours later, this time without young Terry.
A sail boat, with oars used.  A fine view,
changing aspects of sea and sky, the old
town and fort, the latter sometimes appearing
very dark in the shadow of the huge indigo-
colored clouds, now lightening in a sudden
burst of sunshine.  Past a wrecked blockade-
runner, from Nassau, of Yankee build,
her new name painted over a former one.
Landed on the shelly beach and smooth sand
of the island and walked by a path through
the bushes with which it was overgrown to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Regarding an inspection of St. Anastasia Island
Date:1862-08-01
Subject:Anastasia Island (Fla.); Birdsall; Burnside (Ship); Civil War; Cyrus; Delaware (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; New York tribune.; Terry, Lieutenant
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.