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                In St. Helena Sound.
immensely humorous person.  I heard his
name but did not then think of identifying
him with Capt. Eytinge, elder brother of my
former acquaintance Sol, the artist.  A
drinking-party in the pursor s room at night,
based on Thompson and Hay s whiskey.
  A poor soldier died, at 6 P.M., on board,
of dysentery.  Schofield, a comrade and
an Englishman, painted an head-board
for his grave.  A dull, weary, dreary
time generally: everything damp and clam-
my on board, since the change of weather.
   28.  Thursday.  Another visit from
Capt. Eytinge, who took back Gen. Terry
and Capt. Bacon to his frigate.  The poor
soldiers body taken ashore and buried.  I
was asked to read the service over it and
had accepted, but discovering that the
men thought that an officer ought to accord
that mark of respect to their dead comrade,
I got Bacon to do it, attending myself,
with Hay.  A lonely little burial ground
on Otter Island, where slept some score
or more victims of the war, a few tall pi-
nes and some negro huts.  A mild, dull
day.  Writing to Hannah in the afternoon.
   29.  Friday.  Reading the atlantic mag-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Regarding visits from Captain Eytinge and the death of a soldier from dysentery.
Date:1862-08-27
Subject:Bacon, Captain; Bennett, Hannah; Civil War; Diseases; Eytinge, Captain; Eytinge, Solomon; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hay, Charles; Military; Schofield, Richard; Terry, Alfred Howe; Thompson, Richard; Woods, Almos N.
Coverage (City/State):St. Helena Sound, [South Carolina]
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.