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	The Jersey Cavalry   Camp Life
leading to Virginia s capital, which was suggestive
enough of the civilization of the oldest settled slave state
in (or out of) the Union.      It lay for some hun-
dreds of yards, through the swampy bed of a little
stream, necessitating a good deal of plashing and
wading.        I found the troopers to be good, single-
hearted fellows, of farmer stock, generally disgust-
ed with the slovenly husbandry of the Old Dominion.
They all wanted the fighting to occur soon.        We
passed many picket shelters, composed of pine
boughs and looking like rough arbours.  By 3
P. M. we came in sight of two deserted Union
camps, consisting of rough log-huts on a muddy
hill side, beyond which lies our own.      Capt Kes-
ter and another reconnoisance party are just about
to start as we return and Surgeon Phillips
goes with them.  I share his tent and occupy his
stretcher at night.         Moreover I procure from
 Shones!  as the colonel calls his orderly (I
don t think that Jones was his name) who attends
to my horse, a pair of heavy, dark blue cavalry
trousers, paying the modest price of $4 for
them, as mine had suffered beyond mending
from the two days riding.   Loafing, smoking,
chat and a sound nights rest ended the day.
  18.  Tuesday.   In tent, scribbling letter 
to the Tribune all day.  The Chaplain, Kag 
and Dayton about.      By 4 P. M. Wyndham
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page fifty-six
Description:Regarding the return to camp with the 1st New Jersey Cavalry from the reconnaissance mission.
Date:1862-03-17
Subject:Civil War; Clothing and dress; Dayton, F.V.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jones (soldier); Kage; Kester, Captain; Military; Military camp life; New Jersey Cavalry Regiment, 1st; Phillips (surgeon); New York tribune.; Slavery; Wyndham, Percy
Coverage (City/State):[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.