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	   Bellew off for Washington.
		  March, 1862.
  1.  Saturday.   Writing till 1   P. M., then down-
town, meeting Thomas by the way.  To F. Leslie s;
Bellew there, about to start for Washington, to
sketch and write for the paper, in company with
another newspaper man, named, I think, Hall.
To Crook and Duff s.       Thomas there, Banks, Glo-
ver and anon Cahill, and others.         Promiscuous chat
and drinking.    Up-town with Bellew, he having oc-
casion to go to Amity Street, I rejoining him at Pfaff s,
having fetched my water-proof overcoat for his ser-
vice.    Down-town together again, to Leslie s for an opera
glass (for field-service), to Crook and Duff s for Hall
(who had just departed) the to Jersey City, en-
countering Damoreau, with a huge basket containing
the week s marketting.    Bellew was a little fuddled
and desirous of my accompanying him; he had sug-
gested this to F. Leslie and opined that if I had cal-
led first, I should have got the job; as it was,
Leslie intimated he might find occasion to send me
after Bellew, in a day or two.       Saw him off by
the 6 o clock train, then up-town to dinner; then
to 12th street, finding in the parlor of the rear buil-
ding, Mrs. Bellew reclining in an arm-chair, look-
ing pale and middle-aged and very unlike her hus-
band s favorite sketches of her.  The child, Ally,
was with her and the two Van Orden girls.     I gave
her the letter scribbled off by F. B. at Crook and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page six
Description:Regarding the departure of Frank Bellew to Washington to sketch for Frank Leslie's illustrated paper.
Date:1862-03-01
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Crook and Duff's (New York, N.Y.); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Glover, Thad; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Leslie, Frank; Thomas, James; Van Orden, Anna; Van Orden, Miss
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):12th Street; Amity Street
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, 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.