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	Rawlings  taking possession. 
a can full of oysters, which having dispatched
I had got to horse again, to see more of the day s
doings when Rawlings appeared and invited me
to enter the house again, of which he incontinently
took possession, styling it  Gen. Hamilton s Head-
quarters!          He locked the entrance door, broke
open others and then began  Jayhawking  as he
termed it, searching for pillage.        I availed my-
self of the opportunity to have a good wash all
over, which Rawlings, finding a razor, shaved.
During this some soldier came trying the outer
door, when my  aid  put his head out of window
and authoritatively ordered the man off, taking 
the name of Gen Hamilton in vain prodigiously.
It was the orderly of some other general who want-
ed to procure oysters for his chief: I directed
him to the negroes, in spite of Rawlings.  Presently
finding a linen shirt I suggested that the doctor
should exchange it for his own, which was so
bestained that it looked like a colored map;
he acting on the idea.   We ll lodge here, for the night, 
said he, important, fussy, approbatie and rest-
less;  you shall sleep with me    and he got me
to help him drag a very substantial mattrass from
one room into another, depositing it in a corner.
Then he ranted in imitation of Forrest.       Presently
the young negro wench was heard coming upstairs
  she had probably entered at the basement.   Raw-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and twelve
Description:Describes Augustus Rawlings assuming possession of Clark's House during the Battle of Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-05
Subject:African Americans; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton, Charles Smith; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rawlings, Augustus; Siege of Yorktown (Va.)
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.