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	  Scouting and Skirmishing.
newspaper which she seemed to prize highly.
Henderson and Hendricks appeared.   On, again;
troops, bayonets, sunlight and marching soldiers.
One shoots a pig by the road side, is chidden for
it by his comrades who refuse to let him secure
the pork by putting it on a gun caisson; so they
deposit the murdered grunter on the fence.    Ar-
rival at the Halfway House, so called from its
equi-distance between Old Point and Yorktown.
Soldiers everywhere.   A prisoner brought in, dis-
covered in bed beneath a heap of blankets.    He
claims to be a negro but is certainly as white as
the majority of Virginians.       Hendricks and
Anderson up again; the first very proud of his
horse: he relieves my hunger with a piece of 
corn-cake.    On and on, returning.       Bethel
entrenchments again.  Fitzjohn Porter and a
group of officers.      An excited young fellow be-
longing to the Signal Corps rides up and reports
himself.      He had come on three rebel cavalrymen,
blazed away at them with his revolver, secured 
a sabre and belt as trophies and ridden back.
Just before this Berdan s sharpshooters had a
brush with the enemy, claiming to have  picked
off  a trooper, who was conveyed away by his
comrades.   A long ride back; tired, hungry
and faint.      Tried to find Hays or Riley s camp,
but failed, so wearily to the Hygeia.         Here
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page eighty-six
Description:Describes going on a reconnaissance mission to Big Bethel.
Date:1862-03-27
Subject:Anderson (reporter); Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hays, Alexander; Henderson; Hendricks; Military; Paine, Lieutenant; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John; Prisoners of war (Confederate); Riley, Colonel; United States Army, Signal Corps
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.