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	  Heintzelman and his Staff.
missed dinner) Heintzelman s return from the
capitol was announced and I conducted to him.
I presented Wilkeson s letter of introduction.  The
General appeared a rather undersized man of
between fifty and sixty, with grizzled gray
hair and beard and a decidedly ugly countenance,
reminding me of Clapp s, only Germanic.x   He was
spare in figure, in military undress and wrapped
in a shabby old cloak of some long-napped material.
This warrior snuffled vehemently in speech and
had an aspect of chronic ill-temper, too truly in-
dicative of his nature as I subsequently had oc-
casion to know.    However he was pretty civil at
the outset; told me he could give me no facilities
and invited me to dinner.        It was not a bad
meal, served in a rear room and the general
returned, without any leave-taking, almost imme-
diately after it, leaving me to the attentions of
his aids, who, finding me endorsed to some extent
by their chief, unbent a little.      The Jew I found
was a Capt. Moses, of New York; I think a
Wall Street man.        A Captain Hunt, a young
man with a keen, skeptical, Germanic face, had
travelled in Europe and Asia; also, as I
learnt subsequently, written an infidel book; he
evidently tried to guage me and draw me out.
Then there was a Captain Chauncey Mc Kever,
a shrewdish faced fellow with an air of military
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty-three
Description:Describes General Heintzelman and his staff.
Date:1862-03-10
Subject:Civil War; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Hunt, Captain; Journalism; McKeever, Chauncey; Military; Military camp life; Moses, Captain; Wilkeson, Samuel
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.