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	Potomac.   On Board the  Kent. 
has got very drunk and his friend Sneedon is
almost in a similar condition; I persuade them
from exposing themselves before their cranky chief.
And so we steam down the Potomac.
  Many of the localities were pointed out to me by
Heine, who had been on duty some distance down
the river, frustrating the running of rebel-mails
from the Maryland to the Virginian shore, pre-
venting the transmission of supplies &c.   He had
a negro on board, one Harry, a  contraband, 
whom I got to take care of my horse.      The day
was sunny, the river muddy, the shores wooded
or high banked: we passed many Confederate
batteries, deserted or in possession of the Union
troops.     Having outstripped the rest of the trans-
ports, we dined at about   to 3.        At Matamon
Creek or thereabouts, a boat put off from us with
charts and orders for Gen. Hooker, who presently
came aboard and had an interview with Hein-
tzelman.     (I learnt to know and respect Hooker
afterwards.)     Anon we steamed back for a 
space, repassing the squadron, which made a
brave sight, and returned.      After supper I get
a wash in the skipper s cabin, and then go to 
scribbling for the Tribune, having amassed all
sorts of items about our voyage down the river
and intending to mention all its localities.   Our
crew is a miscellaneous one, comprising some
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page sixty-seven
Description:Regarding his journey on the steamer ''Kent.''
Subject:African Americans; Civil War; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harry; Heine, Captain; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Hooker, Joseph; Journalism; Kent (Ship); Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Sneedon
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.