Camp Life, the Doctors and Kag .
15. Saturday. Breakfast amid a jolly
crowd, the rain descending overhead on our can-
vas roof. To the surgeon s tent. Surgeon Phil-
lips and assistant Dayton, the last the son of the
U. S. minister to France. Both good fellows. They
had a superabundance of stores which must be
left behind, out of which they supplied me with
stout socks and a blue cotton-woollen overshirt
which stood me in service during the campaign.
Kag , the lieutenant-colonel, a Pole, with
a shrewd, honest, peculiar face. Whiskey,
smoke and chat; the rain increasing outside.
I had not slept well last night, so I dozed
luxuriously on a stretcher in the afternoon. Din-
ner at 4 P. M. again in the colonel s tent.
He had been mightily busy all day setting the
tailors among his regiment to make bags and
sacks of Uncle Sam s canvas, so that the tent
looked like a slop-shop. Back to the Surgeon s
tent. A harmonic party within, rain without,
descending heavily. At 9 turned out and
slid through the mud for a yard or to to the
chaplain s tent, where I occupied the mattrass
of Kag , who had gone to Washington to visit his wife. He knew
Gurowski, by the way, and spake well of him. I
made one nap it all night.
16. Sunday and} Are chronicled in the
17. Monday} appended letter to the Tribune.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page forty-seven|
|Description:||Describes a day spent at the camp of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry.|
|Subject:||Civil War; Clothing and dress; Dayton, F.V.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kage; Military; Military camp life; Military supplies; Phillips (surgeon)|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Alexandria, Virginia]|
|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.|