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        A  Secesh  Prisoner   How Captured.
out of our way but presently found it.    At Hein-
tzelman s we only found Moses, drowsy and whis-
key less.     The General was in Washington at his
house; wouldn t return till tomorrow; everything
is packed for departure   even the whiskey.      Re-
turned to our camp we find Kester, Phillips
and Co. have got back, bringing with them a priso-
ner, now in the guard house.      It is a square
log house, full of sleeping or sitting soldiers.  The
prisoner, a grim old varlet, is humanely entreated
of Kag , who procures him a blanket and loaf.
The scouting party had crossed the Occoquan
in boats, taking a three mile tramp down
the river bank, visiting a deserted rebel camp
and the farm-house of the prisoner.    He had
been deputy-sheriff of Occoquan, was a noto-
rious rebel, accused of threatening, harassing
and persecuting Union men.       The Confederate
officers from the adjacent camp had boarded
in his house.    The troopers surrounded it, find-
ing the man, his wife and daughters and two
female guests, one pretty.         Four guns were
seized and a knife or short-sword   an ugly-
looking weapon made out of an old file ground,
both edges being sharpened.    This pretty imple-
ment was discovered in the nuptial bed.      The
wife and daughter followed the captors of their
head for a mile or so, being at length per-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page fifty-nine
Description:Regarding how a prisoner named Lynn, the deputy-sheriff of Occoquan, had been captured by Union soldiers.
Date:1862-03-18
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Kage; Kester, Captain; Lynn; Military; Moses, Captain; New Jersey Cavalry Regiment, 1st; Phillips (surgeon); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Women
Coverage (City/State):[Alexandria, Virginia]; Occoquan, [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.