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         The transports by Night.   Arrival
sick men, and those left behind by regiments
already forwarded.         Most of the General s
staff find sleeping accommodation on the seats of
the cabin, or below, in the after-berths.         Moses
the self-important reposes opposite to me as I sit
writing at table, and berates anybody who talks
or makes a noise.    Hall dozes by the stove;
the negroes crouch among the many saddles lit-
tering the floor, and the soldiers are thick as
herrings in a barrel outside the cabin, under
cover of anything.  The Kent throbs and palpita-
tes through the rushing water and innumerable
stars shine out overhead.        We have shot ahead
from the flotilla leaving its many lights behind
us; it is a fine spectacle.        One steamer, a
huge vessel, crowded with troops, has a fire
blazing on her fore-deck, by which the soldiers
sit warming themselves; our pilot disapproving.
(Had I known the fate awaiting so many of
the brave fellows, this river panorama would
have seemed ghastly enough: I might have fan-
cied the steamers thronged with skeletons.)   I
write till 10, take a drink with the skipper and
pilot, and then go below with Hall.   Removing
coats, caps, and military appurtenances from
a berth each, we turn in.          About half a do-
zen fellows are sleeping around, keeping up a
running fire of snores all night.      I am arou-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page sixty-eight
Description:Regarding his journey on the steamer ''Kent.''
Date:1862-03-22
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Kent (Ship); Military; Moses, Captain; Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
Coverage (City/State):[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.