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         General Heintzelman s Headquarters.
out of town where the prospect looked dreary
enough and where I parted from my two com-
panions.     The sun set redly over the muddy,
fenceless waste and desolate landscape, as I
splashed along in the direction of Fort Lyon,
(so named after the deceased Missouri hero) and
I heard the distant bands playing on the hill-
sides.   After exhibiting my passport more than
once to sentinels, I skirted a huge hill covered
with tents and found my way to  Heintzelmans. 
  For the description of this locality I may refer
to my appended letter in the Tribune (as I might
have done other of to-day s experiences, had I
thought of it in time.)     Entering the parlor to the
left I got a not too civil reception from the Gene-
rals aids, of whom more anon, and was by one
of them, a portly middle-aged man with an un-
mistakeably Jewish phiziognomy, invited to re-
main   in the adjoining room.        There I visited
among the orderlies and young fellows in atten-
dence, who were very sociable and friendly, un-
til a jolly Prussian officer came in, who pro-
duced some whiskey, invited me to drink and
announced himself as Captain Heine, topogra-
phical draughtsman and engineer, on Gen Hamil-
ton s staff, Heintzelman s corps.     Presently
when I had munched some of my sandwiches,
purchased providently in Washington (I had
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty-two
Description:Describes his first day in Alexandria, Virginia, at General Heintzelman's military camp.
Date:1862-03-10
Subject:Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heine, Captain; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Journalism; Lyon, Nathaniel; Military; Military camp life; Moses, Captain; New York tribune.
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.