Off the Tortugas.
West by 10 P.M. for the Tortugas.
7. Thursday. See page 103. Lying off
the Fort; a visit to it; a pleasant day, and
a proposition to go turtle-hunting on one of
the coral islands.
8. Friday. Our five prisoners sent to the
Fort. A race with a steamboat chronicled
in my Tribune letter, and a great champagne
carousal in honor of our success in getting
papers. From one of them, the N.Y. Sun I
clipped the following item.
about an acquaintance.
nothing came of it as it
Mr. Cahill, widely and favorable known as an
able attache of the New York Times, has been ap-
pointed First Lieutenant in Captain Lloyd s Com-
pany of the Pope Rifles the Fifth Senatorial Dis-
trict Regiment and is recruiting at No. 7 Broad-
[Gunn s diary continued]
proved afterwards, though Lloyd did raise
enough recruits to get appointed Captain and
Cahill talked about or intended becoming a
lieutenant. He didn t do it, however, till
nearly two years afterwards. An immense
shark played round the vessel for some
hours this day; one could see his every move-
ment in the transparent water. I never
saw such a terrible combination of strength
celerity and ferocity. Blas and tired
during the evening.
9. Saturday. Still lying off: Chasing
a vessel from New Orleans the Trade
Wind. Talk of a prize ! Only got papers,
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and thirty-five|
|Description:||Regarding leaving for the Tortugas, delivering prisoners, and chasing a vessel from New Orleans.|
|Subject:||Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lloyd, Captain; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 119th; New York sun.; New York times.; New York tribune.; Prisoners of war (Confederate); Trade Wind (Ship)|
|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.|