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	  A Cavalry Camp by Night.
with a good deal of Italian vivacity had play-
ed his soldiers a trick some days before; while
they wore out on review setting men to clear out
the tents of their heaped-up lumber, which he 
caused to be burnt.        You nevare did see such
a pack of stuff they did have,  he said recounting
it;  there was old boxes and stoves and trunks
and I cannot tell what.        Anon he galloped
up to old Heintze s, returning with  Not to
day!  and ordering the cavalry back to their
camp.      After supper, I took a stroll through
it, every thing being mightily picturesque.  The
horses were under sheds, fires burning, soldiers
singing or talking and the reflection of a distant
conflagration reddened the sky.   We had a near-
er alarm of fire presently. from one of the tents,
but little damage was done.    Introduced to
Chaplain.      Writing till 10 in the colonel s
tent, a letter to the Tribune, while all around
me were sleeping.  It was a chilly business
about the extremities and I might have spared
myself the trouble for to the best of my recol-
lection my letter wasn t printed, as relating
my recent experience it turned on the expected
departure of the troops, about which all the
journals had to keep strict silence.     By 10
I camped on the floor in the couch spread for
me by Wyndham s servant.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page forty-five
Description:Regarding an evening spent at the camp of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry.
Date:1862-03-14
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Military; camp life; New Jersey Cavalry Regiment, 1st; New York tribune.; 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.