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                  From St. Augustine
crew seem to go ashore very much as they
please.  A wild autumnal night the
surf roaring over the harbor-bar.
   20.  Wednesday.  Bad weather.
   21.  Thursday.  The same.  Waiting.
Cultivating folks, especially our prisoners,
Bethel and Pinkney.
   22.  Friday.  Off at length, crossing the
bar by 5. P.M.  under convoy of our ma-
hogany-colored pilot, who had a little cock-
boat of his own which took him back, when
he had got us over, after the Delaware
had bumped once or twice.  Our pilot was
very proud of this cock-boat, a characteristic
of his class.  Steaming northwards all
night, not to rapidly.
   23.  Saturday.  We have overshot our
mark.  Fernandina, and must try back,
which is accomplished, and we drop our
 Killick  or anchor by breakfast-time.  In-
voluntary quarantine again.  Reading Black
& Wood   sundry old members on board.
   During one of these days we witnessed
the curious phenomenon of a water-spout, at
some distance, but not too far for it not
to be clearly visible.  It occurred on a lovely
moist afternoon, when we saw a heavy,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Regarding crossing the bar, time in quarantine, and watching a water spout.
Date:1862-08-19
Subject:Bethel; Books and reading; Civil War; Delaware (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Pinckney
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.