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	The Reconnoisance.     Capt. Aiken.
them.  Brigham applied to the authorities about
it, demanding that the regulations should either be
enforced or abandoned.     There was talk of Boyce
being arrested and sent back to New York, but
as he appeared subsequently in the campaign, I
suppose nothing was done about it.   I believe he
kept away from Fortress Monroe, remaining in
camp.      This reconnoisance was afterwards much
condemned by the generals, as premature, and
affording information to the enemy that Mc Clel-
lan s whole army was here, of which they suppo-
sed them in doubt.  (I think they had excellent
advices of our movements and designs all along.)
    Probably Mc Clellan allowed his pet-officer
Fitzjohn Porter to do the thing as a bit of special
glorification.  As it was not followed up it rather
resulted in the advantage of the Confederates, put-
ting them alive to the necessities of their position.
It was one of the innumerable blunders of a misera-
nly managed campaign.
  28.  Friday.   Tired and sprained all over,
and still diarrhaeish.  My room-mate Aiken
proved a very good fellow, a fair-haired, beard-
ed good looking man, a Washington lawyer, who
had been appointed Captain to some regiment that
never got accepted, or wasn t organized, or some
thing abortive.     He retained only the uniform
and title and was now doing duty as reporter for
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page eighty-eight
Description:Regarding the consequences of the reconnaissance mission to Big Bethel.
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Boyce; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; McClellan, George B.; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John
Coverage (City/State):[Hampton, Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.