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      Alf Waud versus Bayard Taylor   K ge.
abuses Bayard Taylor as  a d____d fool  for his
account in the Tribune.     Waud, with characterist-
ic assurance, pronounces two or three small forts
on an open plain, without flank or rear defences,
sundry fences, over which Taylor had ridden his
horse and a few quaker guns,  impregnable.   (Of
course he but echoed the opinion of the military
toadies about Mc Clellan.)        I didn t like his
arrogant denunciation of a man who had seen ten
times as much as himself and had written, withal,
modestly and honestly, hence we had a sharp
bit of controversy.     Like many conversational bul-
lies he moderated his tone on opposition, and con-
descended to become friendly.   His horse was
tied hard by and he bound to Mc Clellan s
headquarters, to which he invited me, promising
to introduce me to the aids, but I declined,
wanting to finish letter.       A scanty supper
in the colonel s absence and an evening walk
with Kag .       He came to New York after the
revolutionalry year of 1848, taught military
tactics and appears a good fellow generally
and a reader of the Tribune.   By 9, he and
I took a gallop over to headquarters, I on a
skittish trooper s horse with too long stirrups,
so that it was as much as I could do to keep
my saddle, at the pace we went.  Deceived
by the watchfires of a distant camp we got
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes an argument with Alfred Waud about Bayard Taylor.
Date:1862-03-18
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Journalism; Kage; McClellan, George B.; Military; Military camp life; New York tribune.; Taylor, Bayard; Waud, Alfred
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.