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    Thomson Mc Elrath.   Alexandria again.
suit   write there was no pursuit!  said he,
of Mc Clellan.           That night I shared Edge s
room in which there were two beds.   Beyond it
another apartment was occupied by officers, who
kept tramping through ours until nearly morning.
  13.  Thursday.   Out with Edge.           Then alone
to the Treasury Building to try and hunt up
news of Cobb.     Met Thomson Mc Elrath in
the uniform of a U. S. lieutenant of artillery
who told me that Cobb had returned to Penn-
sylvania.    Piloted my former companion on
Lake Superior to Bayard Taylor s lodging
and left him there.    Then after an interval
at the Ebbitt and Tribune office got freshly
mounted, and rode off through the rain to Alex-
andria.        Made acquaintance with a Lieut. Brad-
ley of the 31st New York, an ex-actor, who as-
sured me he had embarked in a profession in
which their was more favouritism, detraction and 
meaner jealousies than in his former 
calling, and proposed to furnish me with par-
ticulars.      A ride to Heintzelman s.  Back by
8  .     A stroll about Alexandria by night and
a lonely oyster stew in a half bar room, half res-
taurant.         Then attracted by the thumping of
a piano on an upper story and the sight of soldiers
in at the open window, I ascended a stair like
ladder, outside the building, and drank a mug
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page forty-two
Description:Regarding his return to Alexandria from Washington.
Date:1862-03-12
Subject:Actors; Bradley, Lieutenant; Civil War; Cobb, Myron H.; Edge; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; McClellan, George B.; McElrath, Thomson; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 31st; New York tribune.; Taylor, Bayard; Wilkeson, Samuel
Coverage (City/State):[Washington, District of Columbia]; 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.