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                 Passing Charleston
   9.  Tuesday.  Off by day-break.  The
Massachusetts a big, roomy transport, Bos-
ton built for trade between that city, Savan-
nah and Charleston.  Spacious between decks
for the packing away of cotton, two big can-
non forward, below decks, and a little
brass Parrot aft.  A crowded breakfast
below.  On deck, sitting aft, among the
navy officers; blue coats, caps with gold
lace and white trousers.  Vessel kept very
trim, looked like a man-of-war.  An ob-
jectionable boy, with sharp eyes, ugly face
and long legs, treated as an equal by grown
men: he shrilly contradicting them.  Loaf-
ing and reading = ended Thackery s  Philip 
in Harper s.  Lunch at noon; stew and
bread and cheese.  On deck again.  A talk
with one of two deserters, recently from near
Savannah, Northern men, of course.  Tried
a doze in the afternoon.  The crew of a
wrecked vessel, the Adirondack on board.
They had lost their ship off the Bahamas.
   10.  Wednesday.  Aft again, reading; lost
my lunch.  Talk with deserter.  A distant
view of Charleston Harbor and a near one
of the vessels blockading it.  One was prac-
tising target firing sending ricochet shots
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and sixty-two
Description:Regarding Gunn's trip on the Massachusetts, passing Charleston.
Date:1862-09-09
Subject:Books and reading; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Massachusetts (Ship); Military; Ocean travel
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]; Savannah, [Georgia]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.