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	    More of Heintzelman.
visit.     Old Heintzelman proved conversible,
while striding up and down the breezy, sunny
piazza.       He had risen from the rank of Cap-
tain or Lieutenant in the U. S. army; was in
Texas at the beginning of the war and spoke
of the dilemma of the officers who retained
their allegiance there.  He got off on leave of
absence.     He was hit in the arm at Bull Run
and compared the retreat on that occasion to the
break up of a state fair, every man straggling
back at his own pace.   Heintzelman had been
indignant at the  cowardice of these raw vol-
unteers until the returns of killed and wound-
ed came in.        He told an anecdote of the
mistress of an adjacent house, a Mrs Mason,
(related to the rebel envoy to Europe) and one
of the F. F. V s.         With her husband, she had
been bitterly  Secesh,  declaring that no  Yankee 
soldier should come on their land.        Some weeks
afterwards a negro-girl presented herself
at Heintzelman s, requesting permission to
sell pies to the soldiers.    On inquiry, it appear-
ed that the money accruing was to go into the
pocket of the haughty Virginia matron.  Heintzel-
man refused permission.             The ex-Jersey-
man presently got an escort and set off for his
home.          I had company part of my way
back to Alexandria; scribbled till 11 and then
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page thirty-nine
Description:Describes a conversation with General Heintzelman.
Date:1862-03-11
Subject:Battle of Bull Run, First (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Mason (Virginia); Mason, Mrs. (Virginia); Military; 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.