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                        In Quarantine
all the rest were noisy semi-brutal and re-
pellant.  One, a fat, white, flabby man
jerked plates away from you, at meal times,
as if he had a personal quarrel with them;
his moroseness would have been comic if it
hadn t tried one s temper.  Another, a tall,
self-willed young fellow, did what you told
him in as unpleasant a manner as possible.
The negroes were equally ill-conditioned, they
lied, and they squabbled among themselves
like cats or monkeys.  The setting on or ta-
king off of dishes made as much noise as a
bull in a china-shop.  Indeed everybody
in authority on board was a petty despot,
and unpleasant in proportion to his opportu-
nities.          In addition to all these nuisances
I was plagued with the Job-like affliction
of sore boils, two large and extremely pain-
ful ones appearing on the inside of my
left thigh, looking like miniature volcanoes.
I suppose the heat and the want of vegetable
diet combined to produce them; for we
had got down to salt fare exclusively, of
which we were heartily tired.  When I went
on deck I had to hobble like a cripple.
                                
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and fifty-six
Description:Regarding the wait staff aboard the Delaware and the appearance of boils upon his body.
Date:1862-08-31
Subject:Civil War; Delaware (Ship); Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military
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.