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                            Quarantine
to abandon our intention and to take refuge
in a deserted shed or store house for cotton,
fronting the sad see waves, where we waited
until fetched off.  Altogether I felt more
sympathetic about the death of the poor Connec-
ticut lad than that of the clergyman.  One
had a wife and children about him and ended
in the due course of nature, the other died
unnecessarily, between decks and far away
from home.  He was but 17.  A day s loafing
on board.  Talking with one Johnson, a
S.C. born sailor on board, who had been to
China, also a soldier in the East India
Service during the Sepoy rebellion, and at
Delhi.
   This Quarantine was altogether a weari-
some business and proved abortive after all,
for we did convey yellow fever to Hilton
Head, of which Gen. Mitchel, who succeeded
Hunter subsequently died.  Nor was my
nautical imprisonment much relieved by com-
panionship.  Here is my estimate of my
fellows, written on board.
   Brig-Gen.-Terry.  Courteous, non-demon-
strative and rather agreeable; has more self-
respect and less palpable approbativeness than
most of his class.  A republican in politics
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Regarding Gunn's estimates of the characters of those he shared time with during the Quarantine of the Delaware.
Date:1862-08-31
Subject:Civil War; Delaware (Ship); Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hunter, David; Johnson (sailor); Miller, Alfred A.; Military; Mitchel, O.M.; Terry, Alfred Howe; Woods, Almos N.
Coverage (City/State):Hilton Head, [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.