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	    From Alexandria, Down the
tach himself, smiling and venting amiable small
talk while she coquetted with her parasol.  She was
evidently too many for the young man.    Meantime
the podgy and polite Moses was squiring Mrs Hein-
tzelman, a rather faded elderly lady.          We took
a cruise through the fleet, and as the sun came
out, it looked down on a fine spectacle, vessels
loded with soldiers, horses, cannon and all
the belongings of war, while the many bands play-
ed national tunes and the men cheered.        Old
Heintzelman, his spare form wrapped in his
shabby cloak, got some good-natured cheers, which
he half touched his hat in acknowledgement of.
 It is a great responsibility!  snuffled he, when
I had suggested the idea to him, which he re-
ceived as though it had been rather a new one.
I don t think the man s cranky, crabbled soul
realized much beyond that he wanted to get off,
about which he fussed presently, in a fretful,
undignified manner.       Capt. Hamilton and Col.
Hays were aboard; I talked with them, with
Hall or Heine.     We steamed back to the wharf,
waiting, I believe for the advent of General Fitz-
john Porter.     By noon our lady visitors, inclu-
ding pretty Miss Carroll, left us, only Mrs
Heintzelman remaining, to bear her grizzled
Hector company as far as Fortress Monroe.
Meantime young            , telegraph operator
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page sixty-six
Description:Regarding his journey on the steamer ''Kent.''
Subject:Carroll, Miss; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Hamilton, Captain; Hays, Alexander; Heine, Captain; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter, Mrs.; Johnson (military officer); Kent (Ship); Military; Moses, Captain; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John
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.