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        Occupation of Camp Deep Creek or
         Young s Mills, by Keyes and Smith.
Aiken and I struck off Newport News way,
through open country, fringed by sandy, piny
woods.   We passed some ruined houses and the
remains of burnt ones, gallopped, halted,
met stragglers, plashed through puddles, found
our way through woods and presently came in
sight of the long line of marching bayonets.  Pres-
sing on, we joined Ayres  Battery, to which
Brigham had specially attached himself.  Its of-
ficers gave us a cordial reception.   The talk was
of work ahead, it being known that a rebel camp
and battery was located there.    Presently our ad-
vance reached the place and occupied it with on
more damage than the receipt of a musket ball in
the shoulder of a private in a Vermont regiment,
one Peter Delphy.     The enemy had abandoned the
place and gallopped of.            It was a picturesque
spot, known as Youngs  Mills, and admirably
adapted for a military position.      At the bottom
of a ravine there flowed a creek or streamlet,
across which a tall row of stockades fenced in
the rebel camp, into which we marched unoppo-
sed it.    It comprised at least a hundred huts
or houses, very neatly built and laid out in streets.
All of these dwellings had chimneys, sometimes
picturesquely and fancifully constructed with lathy
boughs or shingles.    An officer s hut had a portico
to it.         Aiken and I took a gallop throughout
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and three
Description:Regarding the occupation of Young's Mills.
Date:1862-04-04
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Delphy, Peter; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keyes, Erasmus D.; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Smith, William F.
Coverage (City/State):Newport News, [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.