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	     Supper at Clark s House.
have repeated.     The doctor was at the head of
the party, trying to pilot them to Clark s House,
in which he was no successful until aided.      An-
derson joined us.    Gaining the house we found
a capital supper set out in the basement,  
roast and raw oysters, ham, corn-cake and
excellent coffee   the negroes in waiting.  For all
this Rawlings took enormous credit to himself.
He was a grand sight, taking the chair at the
head of the table.    It was:  Would you like
some oysters in the morning for breakfast, Gene-
ral?       Would you, Major?   then to the dis-
mayed darkeys:  Get plenty of oysters, the first
thing in the morning!        Anon he turned to
me at his elbow.        I promised you a lodging
  can t do it! we can t stop here to-night;   Gen
Porter has taken this house for a hospital   
Wrap a sheet of the Tribune round you, and you ll
sleep well enough on the ground.         It would
answer that purpose better than the Times, I
retorted, for everybody knew that journal was
neither cold nor hot.        I found out that what
he had stated was true, for when our supper
party broke up, soldiers were bringing the wound-
ed men into the lower rooms.      Determined to
remain in the house that night, if I could, I
went out, stabled horse, got a man to feed and
unharness him, and brought my trappings into
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and fifteen
Description:Describes having supper at Clark's House.
Date:1862-04-05
Subject:African Americans; Anderson (reporter); Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton, Charles Augustus; Hospitals; Journalism; Military; New York times.; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John; Rawlings, Augustus; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slaves
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.