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	          Clark s House. 
young peach trees, and I was in sight of
Clark s House, a spacious, white, wooden build-
ing, standing in an enclosure, with negro huts
adjacent.    The door was open, a few soldiers
near it.      Entering I took a hasty tramp through
the rooms of the two floors, meeting Lieut Jero-
me (the young signal officer who had cap-
tured the sword &c on the day of the Big Bethel
reconnoisance) coming down stairs.   There were
big old-fashioned bedsteads, the beds unmade,
womens petticoats and articles of attire, sheets,
linen, cupboards, clothes presses   everything ap-
parently abandoned in confusion.    Some young
ladies had slept in one of the rooms the night be-
fore.     I looted to the extent of three or four big
twists of unmanufactured tobacco, which I found
in a clothes press down-stairs, then went to the
negro shanty to the right where were four or five
soldiers getting something to eat from the ne-
groes.   These were a man and his wife (the
former represented axe in hand in the photograph
on page 101) a youngish girl and a very old ne-
gro man, in a white flannel night cap, who took
it off humbly and thanked the men when they told
him he was free, but appeared rather dubious
as to the responsibilities of that condition.  (He ap-
pears in the bottom photograph on page 105, seat-
ed at the door.)       A piece of silver brought me
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and eleven
Description:Describes Clark's House in Yorktown, occupied by Union soldiers during the Battle of Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-05
Subject:African Americans; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jerome, Lieutenant; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slaves; United States Army, Signal Corps
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.