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   In Washington.  The  Merrimac  and  Monitor. 
  here on reportorial duty and sore and spattered from recent
unaccustomed equestrian exercise.         Myer, a good-
natured, approbative young fellow, I suppose of
Jewish descent, had been in Mississippi on the begin-
ning of the war and had much of interest to tell
of it.        I spent the afternoon party with him,
partly with Page, who showed me the Treasury,
the White House, Lincoln s carriage, the unfinish-
ed Washington Monument, a distant view of the
capitol, under the clear, cold, sunny afternoon.
Returning to Willard s we found the crowd all
alive with the news of the appearance of the  rebel
monster  Merrimac in Hampton Roads and her fight
with the Monitor, which had occurred that mor-
ning.      It created sensation enough; even alarm.
Met Whittemore of the N.Y. Times.           Supped
at the Ebbitt House.     In my room: Edge tal-
king.    With Myer to the Tribune Office; men
there, writing and conversing.   Wilkeson and his
wife came: my assignment postponed until the
morrow.     Back to hotel.     News (false) of the
capture of the Merrimac.   Scribbling a little, then
to bed.
  10.  Monday.   Breakfast, in company with Edge.
All the talk about the Merrimac, the Monitor and
the unlucky Cumberland.    Going out, found Sted-
man, got up enormously military, in fatigue cap,
ample blue caped cloak and what not.   He was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page twenty-nine
Description:Describes his first day in Washington.
Date:1862-03-09
Subject:Civil War; Clothing and dress; Cumberland (Ship); Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Merrimac (Ship); Monitor (Ship); Myer; New York tribune.; Page (Treasury employee); Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Webb (reporter); Whittemore; Wilkeson, Samuel; Wilkeson, Samuel, Mrs.; Willard's Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
Coverage (City/State):Washington, [District of Columbia]
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.