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	Volunteer Officer-life in garrison.
its variations it clung to the original tune, burst-
ing out irrepressibly with,
	 Poor Old Soldier!
	 Poor Old Soldier!
  Tarred and feathered and sent to h__l!
     Because he was a des  erter! 
  After an hour and a half s admirable fooling,
at which I could not but laugh heartily the bac-
chanals departed, and Winchester and I went
to bed in a spacious cavity of the casemate.
  30.  Sunday.   A raw, squally, rainy day.
The orderly trims fire, cleans boats and does
chores as I get up.         Out to breakfast.   At
the Quartermaster s Hall and I talk with
Brigham of damage done to the transports by
the recent storm and things in general.  Back to
fort; visited Brigham s lodging, also in a casemate.
Writing to Tribune there.    Anon to No 7.  In com-
pany with Winchester, who read me certain letters
from an unknown woman-correspondent, written in
answer to an advertisement inserted in a New York
paper, stating that an officer in garrison was de-
sirous of such an indulgence to wile away the mono-
tony of his life.      In response there came some
hundreds of letters, hence nearly every officer of
the regiment had chosen his correspondent or cor-
respondents.    Winchester wrote decidedly clever let-
ters and lengthy ones.      At 4 out with Hall,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page ninety-four
Description:Describes a group of young officers on a ''champagne spree'' at Fortress Monroe.
Date:1862-03-29
Subject:Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Military; Music; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Songs; Winchester, S.; Women
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.