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and loafing.  A party of two-boat loads go
off to Otter Island in search of beeves and
provant generally, returning about sunset
with only a peck of sweet potatoes. The
island quite lonely and deserted; a few
old-fashioned planter s houses, negro-huts,
woods and swamp, nothing more.  They got
a shot at some cattle which had run wild,
and came back wet, tired and hungry.  Gen
Terry and a companion put off in a boat
and shoot a couple of birds.  The episcopal
clergyman, Miller, who with his wife, her
sister and two boys, came on board at St.
Augustine is like to die.  He had been an
invalid for two years and went to Florida
in the hope of recovering, but finding his dis-
ease, consumption, increasing beyond hope,
wished to return to die in his native city of
Philadelphia; hence his injudicious embarka-
tion aboard the Delaware.  He is very sick
now and has commonly lain in the cabin,
reclining on one of the seats, attended by the
women.  He looks 60, and is, they say, but
47.  To-day and yesterday he has not quit-
ted his cabin.  A fine starlight night over-
head; everything around us as lonely and
out of the world as possible.  I think a
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Regarding a visit to Otter Island by the General Terry and the embarkation of a Episcopalian minister with consumption.
Subject:Civil War; Delaware (Ship); Diseases; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Miller, Alfred A.; Military; Terry, Alfred Howe
Coverage (City/State):[South Carolina]
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.