More of Rawlings.
lings went out to and questioned her. I heard
him lower his voice and enter a room with her.
Guessing what he was after I tramped heavily
in his direction, when he returned and announced
his intentions. The rest is too Samoedic. He
came back a little abashed and suggested that I
should imitate his example, delicately assuring
me there was another in case I might have
scruples at succeeding him. I declined. He
then began to talk about his wife, exhibiting her
portrait, saying she was rich, he didn t believe
on living on her, and inviting me to visit him
at Tivoli, up the Hudson. (His Samoedic be-
havior, by the way, was only a repetition of
what he did, at Halfway House on the previous
night, if what I heard subsequently be correct.)
Hurrying, I got him to horse again. He had
previously ordered the negroes to prepare a supper
by 6 or 7 o clock. Let us have some oysters
stewed, fried and roasted, some pork ham
everything you ve got have those cowed milked!
&c &c. We rode off; he had but one spur
and was an abominably bad horseman, wanting
to walk or jolting off his saddle all the time.
I made for the scene of action, wanting to see
as much of it as I could. Said Rawlings, Shall
we behave like d____d fools or men of sense?
demurring at going ahead. He began to talk
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and thirteen|
|Description:||Regarding Augustus Rawlings at Yorktown.|
|Subject:||African Americans; Civil War; Elmendorf, Unadilla (Rawlings); Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rawlings, Augustus; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slaves|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Yorktown, Virginia]|
|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.|