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	The First Jersey Cavalry and
of lager bier in a shabby invitation of a New
York Concert Saloon.  There were  waiter-girls, 
but no singing.       The frequenters were nearly all
soldiers.         To hotel; wrote letters to my mother
and to Hannah; then abed by 12.
  14.  Friday.   Up and chores.     In default
of movement on the part of Heintzelman s corps
it had been settled between Wilkeson, Bayard
Taylor and myself, that I should ride down the
river, beyond Mount Vernon and visit certain
rebel batteries, recently abandoned, for the pur-
pose of sketching and describing them.  So I set
off but presently fell in with a mounted soldier
carrying a mail-bag to the 1st Jersey Cavalry,
who told me that orders had reached Heintzel-
man s at 12 last night, indicating an advance;
that he and his fellows had six day s rations
in their havresacs, half cooked, half uncooked.
So I rode with him to his camp, meeting
his colonel, Sir Percy Wyndham by the way.
He was a good-looking, sun-browned young
man with a huge Victor Emanuel moustache,
trained over his cheeks, tight fitting breeches and
high boots.  He gave me a friendly reception, in
viting me to his camp, where I presently dined
under canvas with him and his officers.    Wynd-
ham conversed with an Italian accent; he was
indeed an Italiazed Englishman.          He told me
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page forty-three
Description:Describes meeting Sir Percy Wyndham of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry.
Date:1862-03-13
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Civil War; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Journalism; Military; New Jersey Cavalry Regiment, 1st; New York tribune.; Taylor, Bayard; Wilkeson, Samuel; Wyndham, Percy
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.