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	An Evening at Heintzelman s.
superciliousness and a rather Heylynish young
fellow, good-humored but of no particular
intellectual calibre, named Johnson.   I talked
with Hunt principally, over brandy, cigars and
coffee, while the wind swept by outside, howling
dismally.      It was here I learnt of the recent evacua-
tion of Manassas by the rebels and, also, that
there would certainly be no advance of the troops
under Heintzelman on the morrow.        A rifle
was exhibited, said to have belonged to Washing-
ton; and brandy drank which had been given
by Andrew Jackson to a lady (!) it being forty
years old.     Presently the rest of the party re-
tiring, I found myself with Capt. Moses, be-
side the burning logs in the broken fire-place,
in which a hole, knocked through the brick work
communicated with the next room.  Anon he
sent me off under convoy of an orderly to Alexan-
dria.         It was a muddy ride through the
mild, dull night, a vast army lying in expect-
ancy all around, and my companion piloted
me back by a shorter path than I had come, 
involving a ride over a narrow neck of land,
margined by wild-looking water.    I found
him to be a young Jerseyman, who had brothers
resident in the rebel capital, Richmond; he
feared they might be impressed in the Confede-
rate army.        Nobody was astir in Alexandria;
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty-four
Description:Describes an evening spent with General Heintzelman's staff.
Date:1862-03-10
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Hunt, Captain; Jackson, Andrew; Johnson (military officer); McKeever, Chauncey; Military; Military camp life; Moses, Captain; Washington, George
Coverage (City/State):Alexandria, [Virginia]; Richmond, [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.