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		Alexandria.
horse, with portmanteau and blankets strapped
behind me.   To Tribune Office again; a final pa-
per of instructions; then off, a boy with me to
guide me to a place where I got spurs and leggings.
A rapid gallop to the Alexandria Ferry, arri-
ving just in time to ride aboard the boat before it
put off for its last trip that day, across the mud-
dy Potomac.   Got acquainted with one Haymaker,
quartermaster of the 63rd Pennsylvania, a regi-
ment belonging to the corps of Heintzelman, to which
I was deputed.          Arrived at Alexandria the
dingy, I encountered Shaw, a burly middle-aged
man, reporter for the N. Y. Herald, to whom I had
been introduced at Willards, and one Byers, a 
friend of his.        We rode up the decayed, slushy
street, surveyed the Marshall House (standing
grim and silent since the deaths of Ellsworth
and Jackson) and looked about us as well as
the fast gathering darkness permitted, being
half-scowled at by the furtive looking inhabitants
whose detestation of the invading  Yankee  was
palpable enough.     A recent fire had burnt a
house down, the ruins were still smoking in the
principal street.       After a visit to a Queen
Annish Church, with some ivy about it, which
Washington is said to have attended, and to a
ruined slave pen, in process of being pulled down,
and near which soldiers were playing, we rode
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty-one
Description:Describes his arrival at Alexandria, Virginia.
Date:1862-03-10
Subject:Byers; Church buildings; Civil War; Ellsworth, E.E.; Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haymaker; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Jackson, James W.; Journalism; Marshall House (Alexandria, Va.); Military; New York herald.; New York tribune.; Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd; Shaw (journalist); Slavery
Coverage (City/State):Alexandria, [Virginia]
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.