Beaufort, South Carolina.
Loafing and reading. Returned at night
to the Signal Corps, to share the bed of Lieut.
15. Tuesday. Breakfast with Hickox-
Saw the other fellows off. Loafing till dinner-
time; then to the Signal Corps. Howard off to
Hilton Head so I occupied the big four-poster
alone. This very house had, I was told be-
longed to a Mr. Hayward of Charleston. It
might have been the husband of the pretty woman
I saw there.
16. Wednesday. Arrival of newspapers from
the north. Rather a state dinner in honor of
visitors. Loafing in the afternoon; at Hick-
ox s, Morrow s. Got a horse from the latter
and went out for a ride with Babcock and
Brodie, ride across the island by the broad
shell road by which the South Carolinians
evacuated Beaufort when the federal troops
came thither. My horse was a big skeary.
brute, who shied at everything, went like
a racer, and was vicious withal; I had
work to keep on him. The road a fine one,
bordered by fine trees; it reminded me
of an English highway. The weather blazing
hot. Past pickets and a line of earthworks
then turned back. A job dismounting.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and six|
|Description:||Regarding time spent in Beaufort, and a tour of the island on a ''skeary'' horse.|
|Subject:||Babcock, Lieutenant; Brodie; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayward; Hickox, Volney; Howard, Lieutenant; Military; United States Army, Signal Corps|
|Coverage (City/State):||Beaufort, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina|
|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.|