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                Aboard the Delaware.
mored, roguish fellow, civil withal and
never offensive.  A good shot.  Of course
a pro-slavery democrat.
   Cleaves, the mate.  Brutal and brassy-
voiced; walks the deck like an elephant.
Is considerably d  __ned by the Captain and
Birdsall who regard him as a nautical
humbug and general imposter.  I have heard
Faircloth curse him until the air might have
turned sulphurous.  He talks of denouncing
him to the owners and stopping his pay
when we get to New York.
   I got very sick of this companionship,
with the exception of an occasional chat with
Gen. Terry or Capt. Bacon before our so-
journ aboard the Delaware was over.  The
endless discussion about Slavery, the per-
petual venting of the dreary, old, brutal,
inevitable sophisms about it and in defence
of it riled me and induced me to assert
and believe (for the time being) that En-
gland was right in declaring that the North
was as deeply enamored of and implicated
in the national barbarism as the South  
and with less excuse.
   The waiters aboard were white and black,
only one of the latter being civil or efficient.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and fifty-five
Description:Regarding Gunn's opinions of Cleaves and his companions in general.
Date:1862-08-31
Subject:Bacon, Captain; Birdsall; Civil War; Cleaves; Delaware (Ship); Faircloth, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Slavery; Stetson, Lewis; Terry, Alfred Howe
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.