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     Advance of the  Army of the Potomac. 
there, a young pro-slavery puppy, to whom
I had administered a rebuke at the bar of the
Hygeia, for his cackle about what he would
do with  abolitionists.    Witnessed gun-practice
from a steamer.            Out, in party, with Winches-
ter, Hall, Cohen and boy.              To restaurant.
Brigham round to casemate in the evening.     An
advance pretty certain on the morrow.    It is
expected that we of the Tribune may be reinforced
by House.
  4.  Friday.   Brigham in by 6.   Up and
off, after breakfast at restaurant, while Hall
got his at the hotel.    Rode out with Brigham.
  of an hour s delay waiting until Aiken got
mounted.   A sunny, breezy morning, everything
exhilarating.    Soldiers, cannon, ambulances, 
wagons, one living stream.   Hampton.   Parted
with Hall and Flotow for the present, they
having preceded us on foot.  Overtook Heintzel-
man and staff, beyond Hampton, within half
a mile of Newmarket Bridge.   Learning that
Gen. Smith s division was advancing on the left,
that it might possibly have a brush with the enemy
on the Warwick Court-house road, while Heint-
zelman s men would bivouac at Big Bethel that
night, I determined to desert old hunks for the
time being and to accompany Brigham, who was
attached to the corps of Smith and Keyes.   So he,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and two
Description:Regarding the advance of the Army of the Potomac from Hampton.
Date:1862-04-03
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Army of the Potomac (Union); Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Cohen; Flotow; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; House; Keyes, Erasmus D.; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Smith, William F.; Winchester, S.; Yelverton, Lieutenant
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.