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	       Sir Percy Wyndham.
that he was born at sea in 1833, that he
entered as volunteer in the student s corps
at Paris in 1848, was transferred to the navy
and promoted to be ensign of marines, resigned,
entered as volunteer in the British Artillery, pas-
sed examination, joined the Austrian service as 2nd
lieutenant, was promoted, resigned, became cap-
tain in the Italian service, fought at Palermo,
Melazzo and Volturno, and, a lieutenant colo-
nel, got leave of absence to try a little soldier-
ing on this side of the Atlantic.    He knew Nast
in Italy; said he was always with Peard, of
whom people made too much.  Bellew had met
Wyndham recently in Washington: I think dined
with him.      After dinner we went to witness a
boot and saddle review near Heintzelman s, just
to show how ready we were to be off, and Wynd-
ham s sonorous  Atten shon!  rang out down
the line with rather comic effect.        One of the
minor officers, by the way, had encumbered him-
self with a gigantic carpet-bag, like a young
tent, which presently provoked the colonel s choler.
 Oh! that is too ridiculous,  he said,  a soldier
with a carpet-bag! take it away from him!
cut it off!     In obedience to the order the of-
fending bag was unstrapped and fell to the
ground, from which a negro took it to the
camp.   Wyndham, a restless, excitable man,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page forty-four
Description:Regarding Sir Percy Wyndham.
Date:1862-03-14
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Nast, Thomas; Peard, John Whitehead; 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.