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Having condensed the events of Monday in the
text, I may amplify a little here.  We were up
betimes in the morning, the risen sun making the
leaves of the trees seen through the open window
of our garret, glow like molten copper, while
an ice-cold wind was blowing.    The rest of our
party had bivouacked in sheds, adjacent.    After
a duplicate of last night s meal for breakfast
we got to horse.   One unlucky trooper who is di-
latory about saddling his steed, is punished
by being compelled to trudge afoot through the
mud and puddles, leading the animal for a
mile or so.     It was very cold, so that we were
willing, at times to dismount and tramp to re-
store our benumbed circulation.  At the farm-
house mentioned in my letter we found three or
four women, one old, one middle-aged, one
younger, all shabby and dreary-looking.    The
elder quoted scripture negro fashion, admired
our  noble horses,   allowed  that all the males ex-
cept her  old man  were in the Confederate
Army (I think he must have been secreted in the
vicinity) hoped we shouldn t carry off her two
negroes who gazed stolidly on in the rear and
was evidently mortally apprehensive of the safety 
of her poultry.       The younger woman wanted
to know if she could go to Alexandria to buy
calico, which she certainly needed, and in answer
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page fifty-three
Description:Describes going on a reconnaissance mission with the 1st New Jersey Cavalry.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Military; New Jersey Cavalry Regiment, 1st; Slaves; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.