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                  A Death on Board.
good deal of my night on Sullivan s Island,
nearly two years ago.
   30.  Saturday.  Another fine summer day.
Writing to the Tribune (the letter inserted
on page 105.)  The poor clergyman dies at
1   P.M. and I hear them making a coffin
for him below.  The children play about,
unconscious or indifferent.  There are three
of them, two boys and a very young girl.
At sunset comes Dr Crane (whom I used
to meet at Gen. Hunter s table) from Hil-
ton Head, with orders for the immediate
return of our convalescent from yellow fever,
Dr Cormick, to Key West, and another from
Washington releasing our  prisoners,  Bethel
and Pinkney.  In consequence there is a little
jubilation in the purser s cabin, Bethel pro-
ducing a bottle of brandy and Birdsall and
Stetson the engineer surreptitiously tapping
a keg of whiskey belonging to Cormick, with
thorough nautical unscrupulousness, akin to
the  Shipmanne s  in Chaucer.  Old Bethel dis-
courses eloquentially on his injuries and talks
of procuring a pistol for the purpose of asas-
sinating the Herald reporter at Key West,
who has been perpetually pitching into him in
his correspondence.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and forty-four
Description:Regarding the death of the Episcopalian clergyman and the release of Bethel and Pinkney.
Date:1862-08-29
Subject:Bethel; Birdsall; Books and reading; Children; Civil War; Crane, Dr.; Diseases; Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hunter, David; McCormick, Dr.; Miller, Alfred A.; Military; New York herald.; Pinckney; Prisoners of war (Confederate); Stetson, Lewis
Coverage (City/State):Hilton Head, [South Carolina]; Key West, 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.