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                   Off  St. Augustine.
comrades whose bony remains should be
here yet, under the sand and weeds.  Back
by the boat, our purser and engineer having
with them a bird-cage and old flint-lock pistol,
of English make, which they had stolen from
the empty house.  (The proprietor visited the Dela-
ware next day to complain of the theft, when
they made it all right with him.)  Firing at a
shark and a bald eagle who had perched
himself on the mast of the sunken British Em-
pire, the blockade-runner, looking no bad
emblem of desolation.  Neither shark nor bird
was hit, I think, though the latter presented
a fair work and didn t hurry himself to
fly away.  A rainstorm came on and
pretty well ducked us by the time we reached
the Delaware.
   3.  Saturday.  Ashore early, after break-
fast, finding Buffington occupied as usual,
sitting in an arm-chair under the cool piaza,
with his legs elevated against one of its sup-
ports.  Nobody up as yet.  Presently the young
officers made their appearance, looking none
the better for an over night s debauch.  Talk
and smoke.  I got a palmetto-hat, ordered
of a women who made such articles; also
my washing   A stroll to the mayor s house;
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Regarding the theft of a flintlock pistol from the lighthouse and subsequent firing upon a shark and bald eagle.
Date:1862-08-02
Subject:Anastasia Island (Fla.); Buffington, Colonel; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Delaware (Ship); Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Pesetti
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.