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	    Alexandria in War-Time.
the advent of the war.     He waited upon me very
duteously at breakfast.         A stroll afterwards;
an unsuccessful attempt to see the interior of the
Marshall House, and a visit to the provost s,
where I got particulars about a baker s dozen
of prisoners, recently brought in.   Capt. Grif-
fiths, the provost, told me of an application of a
young miss of fourteen, enthusiastically desirous
of consoling the rebels; if she could merely shake
hands with the noble fellows it would afford
her gratification.    Said noble fellows were as
hang-dog looking mortals as I d wish to see;
as I had an opportunity of judging, yesterday.
  Back to hotel: scribbling toll 11.        Then to
the ferry with some idea of going to Washington,
ton but sent my letter to the  Tribune  office
instead and gallopped off for a sunny, breezy
ride to Heintzelman s.      Hitched horse and
visited the huge unfinished interior of Fort
Lyon.     Back; talk with the General; attended
a cavalry review.    Returning, I found a batch
of escaped  contrabands,  the particulars rela-
tive to which I have embodied in my  Tribune 
letter     There was also an ex-Jerseyman, an 
eight years resident of Virginia, now acting as
guide to the Union men.    He had a place near
Occoquan, and a sick Virginian wife; both of whom
he had not seen for some time, and longed to re-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty-seven
Description:Describes his day spent in Alexandria, Virginia.
Date:1862-03-11
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Journalism; Marshall, John, Chief Justice, of Virginia (slave); Military; New York tribune.; Prisoners of war (Confederate); Slavery; Slaves; Women
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.