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                At Sea : St. Augustine
of summer lightning.
   15.  Friday.  At sea all day.  A strange
bird, supposed to be a stormy petrel (I
was in hopes it might prove an albatross)
hovered about us towards evening, and pre-
sently perched on our anchor.  A great,
wild-looking bird, with a wild cry of its own,
who flew off when the sailors tried to catch
it.  A bit of rough weather subsequently,
as we labored on in the intensely blue  gulf
stream.   A vessel passed close by us, du-
ring the night.
   16.  Saturday.  A violent rain-storm
with thunder and lightning prevalent all
the morning and during the greater part of
the afternoon.  We arrive off the harbor of
St. Augustine by 11 A.M.  and lie off,
whistling (by steam proxy) for our former
Spanish pilot.  He comes at last, and by
5 brings us to anchor in the river, oppo-
site the old town.  Gen. Terry goes ashore,
then the purser, but nobody else.  A visit
from Jarvis, the keeper of the sutler s store
  where we got champagne before leaving.
A dark, wet, disagreeable day, head-
achy and slow.
   17.  Sunday.  Letter-writing and loafing
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Regarding a strange sea-bird, stormy weather, and arrival at St. Augustine.
Date:1862-08-14
Subject:Civil War; Delaware (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jarvis; Military; Terry, Alfred Howe
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.