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     Letter from Edward Greatbatch.  Welles.
drinks with Meyer finished the evening.
  Edward Greatbatch s letter was dated 
                        Benton Barracks, Missouri.
He and his regiment went from Fort Joe Holt
Ky. to the mouth of the Cumberland river, where
are two forts, one commanding that stream, the other
the Ohio.   There they stayed three months, being
then dispatched to Fort Donelson, where they arrived
twelve hours subsequent to the capture.     The lad
writes of the battlefield:  It looked melancholy; here
you see a man with his jaw shot off; another with
his brains blowed out and still alive, and the dead
all over the ground; they burying them as fast
as possible.       The Illinois lads were ordered
to convoy the prisoners northwards; the boat on
which Edward went taking the 3rd Tennessee
and 10th Mississippi.   From Cairo to Alton, from
there by cars to Chicago they went; when the writer
got a two-days holiday to go home, where, I dare
say his mother kissed and cried over him   God
care for both of them!     Returning, he came
to his former barracks where  we shall stay
awhile, as we have not been paid for four months. 
  20.  Thursday.   Scribbling and chores.
In the street I met Ed. Welles, who told me
that he had a berth in the Treasury, put his
head aside like an amiable bird and said he
 was sick of Washington.   Likewise he inquired
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page sixty-one
Description:Describes a letter received from Edward Greatbatch.
Date:1862-03-19
Subject:Civil War; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Myer; Prisoners of war (Confederate); Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[St. Louis], Missouri; [Washington, District of Columbia]; Kentucky
Coverage (Street):Benton Barracks
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.