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        Hays   Riley of the Mozart Regiment.
by many of them on the wharf and on the streets.
There were old and new tombstones in the church-
yard, one marking the resting-place of the De
Russy family   that owning Barth s captain of
artillery, still, I learn in the U. S. army and
now a colonel.x (He had Liver s daughter to mistress.)
  Crossing a trench and a burnt field, we made
our way through the tents of the 63rd Pennsylvania,
to where Col. Hayes and two or three others were
dining by a fire.     Among them was a Col Rileyx
of the Mozart regiment, or 40th New York whom
I presently recognized as once adjutant of the
regiment at the time of my Yonkers  visits to it.
He was a man of perhaps five and thirty with
an Irish-American face, and hearing my busi-
ness, professed himself an out-and-out  Black
Republican  and admirer of the Tribune, inviting
me to become his guest for the campaign.    He
would, he said, be happy to  mount me, fodder
me, eat me (?) &c.      After partaking of a snack,
champagne, whiskey and cigars, we crossed to
the camp of the 40th and visited Riley s tent,
conspicuous by its being covered with a huge American
flag, the ends of which trailed on the ground.         He
exhibited with much pride a magnificent black horse,
which he said he called  Greeley.  (?)    Returning
to Hampton we found Heintzelman s headquarters
  sundry tents pitched in an open space between
  x A mistake. He turned (x Page 171.) rebel, like Magruder.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page eighty-one
Description:Regarding Colonel Riley of the Mozart Regiment (40th New York Infantry).
Date:1862-07-02
Subject:Barth, William; Civil War; De Russy, Captain; Flags; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hays, Alexander; Horses; Livers, Liz; Magruder, John B.; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd; Riley, Colonel
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.