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                        A Funeral
   31.  Sunday.  Scribbling awhile.  In
the afternoon the body of the deceased clergy-
man is taken ashore and buried, as rela-
ted on page 113.  Three boats-full went
ashore to attend it, two of them furnish-
ed by Capt. Eytinge, who came with his
officers and some blue-jackets.  Gen. Terry
escorted the widow, and Birdsall (who had
been drunk overnight) the sister.  We all went,
Thompson, Hay, Faircloth and others, form-
ing a little procession, the coffin being bourn
by the sailors.  The relatives of the deceased,
both women and children manifested little
emotion; they were grave and serious, but
nothing more.  It struck me that there seem-
ed a lack of the affectionate element in their
natures: however the long sickness of the
lost husband and father may have used
them to the idea of its termination.  When
all was over Stetson the engineer and old
Capt. Norris, a pilot, with myself, stayed
behind the departure of the boats, intending
to stroll inland to visit the grave of an
English sailor-lad buried here years ago,
and also the little grave yard where the
poor soldier had been interred, but the rain
began to fall so heavily that we were fain
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and forty-five
Description:Regarding the funeral of the Episcopalian clergyman.
Date:1862-08-31
Subject:Birdsall; Children; Civil War; Eytinge, Captain; Faircloth, Captain; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hay, Charles; Miller, Alfred A.; Military; Norris, Captain; Stetson, Lewis; Terry, Alfred Howe; Thompson, Richard; Women
Coverage (City/State):[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.