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	Ramsay.          A ride to Camp.
stone didn t return to pay his bill at the Char-
leston Hotel and introducing himself to Brigham
here, at Fortress Monroe, during the past year,
claimed the whole of the correspondence as his work,
when Brigham told him he was an imposter.       On
the credit of this astuteness, Buckstone got employ-
ment on the honorable capacity of government spy.
Brigham had heard that he was sent to New Or-
leans, that he obtained $600 or $700 on account,
went to St. Louis, wrote for more, didn t obtain
it and was never heard of afterwards.             Di-
ned with Hall at the Hygeia, then, having re-
claimed my horse from young Sneedon, who rode
past the hotel on his back, I mounted the ani-
mal and went to Camp Hamilton to look after
our baggage, which we supposed had been trans-
ported with that belonging to Heintzelman and
his aids, the Kent having gone up stream.         I
crossed the isthmus of the peninsula, passed
tents, soldiers (horse and foot) plashed through
mud and came upon a bare plain near an
ex-seminary, where the troops were.   Inquiry
brought me to the tent of Col Hays, where I
found him, the regimental doctor and others,
with whom I presently supped, in a cold tent
off ham, biscuit and milkless coffee, while
the goodnatured colonel dispatched an orderly to
Heintzelman s headquarters, at the burnt village
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page seventy-five
Description:Regarding his arrival at Camp Hamilton.
Date:1862-03-23
Subject:Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Hays, Alexander; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Horses; Journalism; Kent (Ship); Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone); Sneedon
Coverage (City/State):[Hampton, Virginia]; Charleston, [South Carolina]
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.