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	In Washington.     Alf Waud.
crowd of blue-uniformed soldiers at the dep t.
Up Pennsylvania Avenue in Willard s stage, to
the hotel of that name, arriving there by 7.  As I
had learnt that Alf. Waud took his meals there,
I inquired for him.    He was known but not visible.
So after trying for his lodging at sundry houses
opposite Willard s, I went to the Ebbitt House,
to which I had been directed to find Wilkeson.
But he had moved to the Rugby House; so after
a visit to the little Tribune Office in F. street, at
the back of Willard s, I walked to the Rugby House
and sent up my credentials to Wilkeson, who was
abed, and who responded by bidding me meet him
at the office in a hour and a half.          Another un-
successful attempt to find Waud again; then to
breakfast at the Ebbitt House.   The place was crow-
ded, principally with young fellows in the uniforms
of captains and lieutenants.     An hour or more of
bed, then to Willard s.        Met Alf Waud.     He
had, I think, been spending yesterday over the
Potomac, and his horse, a chunky, thick-necked
ungraceful animal, looking as if he had stepped
from out of the frieze of the Parthenon, was hitched
with dozens of others, near the hotel.    Waud him-
self had on two heavy, coarse cotton or flannel shirts,
a felt hat and high boots, pretty well muddied.         He
talked semi-military and self-assurant.          To the
Rugby House together, he riding (very awkwardly)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page twenty-seven
Description:Describes his arrival in Washington.
Date:1862-03-09
Subject:Civil War; Clothing and dress; Ebbitt House (Washington, D.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Military; New York tribune.; Waud, Alfred; Wilkeson, Samuel; Willard's Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
Coverage (City/State):Washington, [District of Columbia]
Coverage (Street):F Street; Pennsylvania Avenue
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.