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of Hampton, to ask after baggage.     Haymaker
the quartermaster was with us at supper.    Previous
to it we had witnessed a parade of the regiment.
The orderly returning with the message that the bag-
gage of the Kent hadn t yet been overhauled, I rode
back to the Hygeia.          Here I found Whittemore
of the N.Y. Times, Dr Augustus Rawlings,
claiming to represent the same paper, Boyce,
a little chap on the Evening Post, and Hendricks,
together, loafing, in which I joined them.  Our
position was a peculiar one.  We were supposed to
be under a rigid censorship, not allowed to send
on a word of information to our several papers as
to the destination of the grand army of the Potomac.
Indeed beyond the pretty obvious guess  Richmond 
we knew little as to the plan intended.       (Brigham
by the way, had showed me a letter from Dana on
the subject.)      Gen Wool was a perfect dragon in
discipline, hence we off the third estate had a
holiday.   The letter I had written descriptive 
of down the Potomac I put aside and subse-
quently generalized in which form it was pub-
lished.         At 9 to room and bed with Hall.
  24.  Monday.   Abroad after breakfast
with Hall and soon met Brigham.  On the pier
the captain of the Kent informed us that our bag-
gage was still on board.    So Hall an we went
after it, being rowed thither by the sailors.   It
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page seventy-six
Description:Mentions the censorship he has to use as a correspondent with the Army of the Potomac to avoid giving away plans of the generals.
Date:1862-03-23
Subject:Army of the Potomac (Union); Boyce; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Dana, Charles A.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Haymaker; Hendricks; Journalism; Kent (Ship); Military; New York evening post.; New York times.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rawlings, Augustus; Whittemore; 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.