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                    Anastasia Island,
the lighthouse, a tall tower, deserted, with
a walled yard and house, at its base.  On
our arrival a number of starved chickens
and a hungry cat welcomed us, and found
their account by it.  We broke into the house
finding a covered-up meal, or the remains
of one, and household utensils.  After some
difficulty we effected a similarly forceable
entrance into the light-house, and ascended to
the summit, obtaining a view of the long ir-
regularly-shaped island, which was quite
uninhabited and overgrown with chapparal-
like vegetation, everything looking as lonely as
it must have done three centuries ago, when
Pedro Menendez murdered the poor shipwrecked
Hugonots there.  Sea wards one discerned a
dimly defined sand-bar, over which the At-
lantic surf was rolling and reverberating with
 a continuous roar, reminding me of Niagara  
we had heard it in the boat.  Returning
to the shore we strolled along the sand, picking
up shells and stones and possessing ourselves
of cakes of the coquina or shell-conglomorate,
which was very curious.  One of us found a
decayed wave-washed bone   a human one
-- all honey-combed by the action of the sea.  It
might have belonged to one of Jean Ribault s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Regarding the exploration of the lighthouse and beaches on St. Anastasia Island.
Date:1862-08-02
Subject:Anastasia Island (Fla.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Menendez de Aviles, Pedro; Ribaut, Jean
Coverage (City/State):[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.