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	The First Night before Yorktown.
of the terrible effect of shells &c   was, indeed,
a coward, and apprehensive of getting killed.  We
scoured the field fronting the saw mill and visit-
ed the New York 38th, Hobart Ward s regi-
ment, the same I had visited at East New
York.   He recognized me and we spoke of Mc
Quade, the jolly captain who treated the party,
Jack Edwards and myself to champagne.    He
died at Richmond, having lost a leg at Bull
Run.   While we conversed the commanding was
proceeding briskly enough, and a shell fell in
the midst of the camp, hurting nobody, as it
didn t explode.    The men brought it to us.  Raw-
lings left.        Lowe s balloon was near.   To horse
again, hither and thither seeing what I could.
By this time it began to grow quite dark and
I struck for the camp of Gen. Hamilton, desi-
rous of sharing that supper and lodging.   At
the tent of Gen. Martindale I found Quigg, look-
ing rather drunk and dogged.     Sat and conver-
sed a while, everything around being dreary and
confused; shells bursting, a house burning,
and the wild night deepening.   Martindale in-
vited me to supper, but as Hamilton s camp
was close by and Rawlings there, I went on
and fell in with a party, headed by the doctor,
nearly missing them in the darkness.  Hamilton
anticipated the invitation that Rawlings might not
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes various scenes during the first day of the Battle of Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-05
Subject:Civil War; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton, Charles Smith; Martindale, J.H.; McQuade; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 38th; Quigg, John; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rawlings, Augustus; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Ward, Hobart
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.