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     Bayard Taylor.   Washington in War time.
prepared to go off on duty for the  World  and
did a little gratuitous soft-soaping to me, hoping
he could have secured me &c &c.    Apropos; I
may record here that his Bull Run letter is spo-
ken of as a romance, full of errors and that people
laugh at the story of his heroism in trying to
rally some regiment.     Out with Edge to buy
india-rubber coat and other indispensibles for
campaigning.   Hurry-skurry, to and fro,
Washington a notable spectacle that morning; a
general advance of the army expected.        Artillery,
cavalry and soldiers everywhere.      Packing up;
farewell to Edge: met Waud; to barber; his
talk of the city on the day of Bull Run; to the
Tribune Office and was there introduced to Bayard
Taylor, who impressed me very pleasantly.   He was
here on reportorial duty and had what appeared
to be a magnificent horse waiting to bear him to Ma-
nassas.       Delays.    With Page (temporarilly enga-
ged for the Tribune also) to an office for our pass-
ports.     Page ran, I rode.       A muddy ride it
proved, past the White House, through the mount-
ed troops and crowding artillery.     Returning alone,
I made another stop at the Tribune Office and
Ebbitt house, at the latter of which the maid ser-
vants were crowding the windows to see the Patricks
and Terence s in the ranks march off to the wars.
Packing completed I paid bill and mounted my
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty
Description:Describes his second day in Washington.
Subject:Battle of Bull Run, First (Va.); Civil War; Ebbitt House (Washington, D.C.); Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Journalism; Military; New York tribune.; New York world.; Page (Treasury employee); Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Taylor, Bayard; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):Washington, [District of Columbia]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.