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		The First Day
Some minor particulars.    I kept company with
the Mozarters until they halted in a grove of
young trees, where a scene very characteristic
of soldiers improvidence ensued.  On every side
one heard  Who wants a shirt? a pair of
pants, an overcoat?  many of such articles of
clothing being literally thrown away, from disgust
at the fatigue of carrying them.       Riding on I fell
in with a Capt. Walker of the commissariat, atta-
ched to Porter s staff, who was anxious about
his beeves and their drivers.     Nearing the scene
of action I found Col. Hays with his men in line
in a field (afterwards familiar enough to me)
and he told me that Hall had stuck to Nevins
and Sneedon, passing the night with them in an
ambulance at Big Bethel, or thereabouts.      Pre-
sently at a corner of a field on the Yorktown
road, near a saw-mill, I found Gens Hamil-
ton, Porter and staff.    Here I was greeted
by Rawlings who informed me that he had
been nominated  aid  to Hamilton and appealed
to the gold cord surrounding his sugar-loaf felt
hat in support of that assertion.           He presently
introduced me to the generals.   Anon Heine
rode up in a state of considerable exhilaration;
and told me there was a house, to the right,
beyond a field and peach orchard, from which
the inhabitants had fled, leaving only the ne-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and eight
Description:Regarding the events of the first day of the Battle of Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-05
Subject:Civil War; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Hamilton, Charles Smith; Hays, Alexander; Heine, Captain; Military; Nevins; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John; Rawlings, Augustus; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Sneedon; Walker, Captain
Coverage (City/State):Yorktown, [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.