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         At the Hygeia.       Hall and Bellew.
was a good long pull and we passed the wreck
of a burst steamer of which Hall made a sketch,
erroneously supposing her to be one of the ill-fated
vessels sunk by the Merrimac.       Loafing and lunch
after the rescue of our baggage.       Reading Charles
Reade s  Cloister and Hearth,  scribbling diary and
dozing in the afternoon.        Supped at F. Raw-
lings, Whittemore and Hendricks at table and a
young ass in uniform who denounced somebody as
a d____d abolitionist and declared that he didn t
become a soldier to fight in behalf of niggers   re-
ceiving in response an approving nod from Rawlings.
Old Heintzelman was behind us at another table
looking like a hungry miser.   Up-stairs, scrib-
bling, Hall dozing.           He and Bellew stayed over
night at Philadelphia, on their way to Washington,
where they had a muddy, rainy, disagreeable day,
and were snubbed in the endeavor to procure passports,
only obtaining them through Stedman.    Then Mrs
Bellew s letters and telegrams arrived, and her
husband returned   it being all bosh about his 
sickness.    Hall went to Winchester and Charleston
with the troops, expecting a fight, came back without
having witnessed one to receive a letter growling dis-
satisfaction from Leslie.         And thus I found him
all forlorn and abroad and decidedly helpless.      A
stroll at night to the wharf.       Witnessed the arri-
val of the 7th Maine, a regiment I saw something
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page seventy-seven
Description:Regarding a conversation with Hall about his duties as an artist for Frank Leslie.
Date:1862-03-24
Subject:Abolition; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Books and reading; Civil War; Frank Leslie's illustrated news.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Hendricks; Journalism; Leslie, Frank; Maine Infantry Regiment, 7th; Merrimac (Ship); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rawlings, Augustus; Slavery; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Steamboats; Whittemore
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.