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	The Occupation of Big Bethel.
in Philadelphia.   He s a bad lot, generally.
  27.  Thursday.   A note from Brigham an-
nouncing a reconnoisance in force to take place to-
day, to and beyond Big Bethel, for the purpose of
occupying it.    The writer joined us at breakfast.
Hither and thither.      Set off on horseback by 10  ,
Hall having preceded on foot.              Crossing the
bridge at Hampton fell in with a party of officers
en route.       Joined a Capt. Freese, an ex-judge
and present provost of Camp Hamilton.     A lovely
day, sunny and breezy as we galloped onwards,
through the pines, the localities of last years skir-
mishes being pointed out by Freese.   Among them
was the spot where Rawlings  brother got shot; his
party being out merely on a drunken spree, Freese
added.      Soldiers.     Overtook Heintzelman and
staff.       Riding onwards.     Bethel.     A wooden church,
lines of red earthworks apparently evacuated by
the enemy over night.   A chat with Heintzelman
and a drink with Johnson.        I was crumbling part
of a tobacco leaf, dried though culled from the road-
side, for smoking, when Hunt perceived
some horses in a field and cried out a general in-
vitation to their capture.   So I gallopped too, but
nothing was effected, the steeds making off.  On
again.      A visit to a farm-house where I obtained
a drink of milk and where the shabby mistress
of two or three negroes had an old Richmond
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page eighty-five
Description:Describes going on a reconnaissance mission to Big Bethel.
Date:1862-03-26
Subject:Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Freese, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Horses; Hunt, Captain; Johnson (military officer); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Ramsay, Russell (Buckstone); Rawlings, T.E.
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.