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		Fortress Monroe.
of the future Confederacy.    Hampton, then a char-
ming river-side village, with neat hotels, hand-
some houses and cottages of gentility, with its old
church and historical associations was 
adjacent; Norfolk not far off, Richmond within
half a day s journey.     All the surroundings
were delightful and patrician.      The debarka-
tion of an invading army had, of course, changed
all this.    The waters of Hampton Roads were
all alive with constantly-arriving transports;
the living freight being for the most part una-
ware of its destination.         On the wharf, I found
Steiner once of the World, now of the Herald,
who introduced me to a Mr Brigham of the Tri-
bune, who incontinently took charge of me.   Af-
ter getting a pass, by the exhibition of the Secre-
tary of War s letter, we, including Hall, went
into the Fort and witnessed an inspection, or
review by Gen. Wool, the Prince de Joinville
accompanying.    Wool, a man of eighty, sat his
horse well; Joinville looked unmistakeably jolly.
The regiment, the 10th New York, looked well
in its bright Zouave uniform, the band played
the shon sun shone and every thing was exhila-
rating.      We took a walk round the fort after-
wards, went to the Quartermasters and Post
Office and then to the Hygeia Hotel   which
name to an Englishman has a Morisonian,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page seventy
Description:Describes his arrival at Fortress Monroe.
Date:1862-03-23
Subject:Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Fort Monroe (Va.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Joinville, Francois-Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Marie d'Orleans, prince de; Journalism; Military; New York herald.; New York Infantry Regiment, 10th; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Steiner; Wool, John Ellis
Coverage (City/State):Hampton, [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.