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                   Key West, Florida
   5.  Tuesday.  The same.  The intensely
blue gulf-stream and the deep green waters
of the Atlantic.  A big turtle floated past
us.  A gun boat at 5 P.M. informs us that
the yellow fever has appeared at Key West
and gives us some little news from New Or-
leans.  In sight of Key West, mooring in
the harbor for the night.
   6.  Wednesday.  See page 101.  Wrote to
my mother, to Hannah and the Tribune.  Then
rambled about the place.  In the afternoon
while buying some cocoa-nuts made the ac-
quaintance of a Miss Sarah Giger, a pilot s
daughter, one of many, she being the elder,
a plump, not uncomely woman of 35.  A
talk with her in the piazza about the war and
things in general.  Aboard with my five co-
coa-nuts, for which I had paid 25 cents.
A ramble with Thompson and Hay in the
evening.  The water about the island very
livid looking, like sea-water mixed with
lime.  Among other vessels there lay the no-
torious yacht  The Wanderer , in the harbor
which had once been owned by  Charley Lamar 
and who had once  run  a cargo of slaves in
her.  She was now a U.S. prize.  Left Key
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Regarding arrival at Key West and the purchase of coconuts.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Civil War; Diseases; Giger, Sarah; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hay, Charles; New York tribune.; Thompson, Richard; Wanderer (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):Key West, Florida; New Orleans, [Louisiana]
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.