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	        Lodging for the Night.
deprived of the facility of speech by the concussion
caused by a shell.         One, not very seriously hurt,
was much gratified by a pipefull of tobacco,
which I filled and lit for him.           After about
an hour of this work, I went upstairs to the
lonely rooms, yesternight slept in by women
and looking out on the peaceful landscape, to-
night lit up by the glare of a distant burning
house and innumerable camp fires.  Foraging,
I got out two clean sheets (the last I slept in
for some time) and took possession of the heavy
spring mattrass, coveted by Rawlings, leaving
the four posters to the doctors.    Three of them
came up, anon, one old, two young, and at
first supposed me to be a wounded man.  They
made no objection to my position, turned in
themselves and we all slept soundly, with the
wounded and dying beneath.
  6.  Sunday.   Got a bucketful of water from
the well and washed all over, drying myself
on a white, feminine skirt.     The two young
doctors rose subsequently, the old one lying in
bed for another half hour or so.       Enter Raw-
lings! immensely surprised at my presence.
 You did sleep here, then, after all?  quoth he,
with a look of injury.   Of course I did; you
didn t suppose I was going to obey your orders. 
After a little talk he went away and Hen-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes spending the night at Clark's House with doctors.
Date:1862-04-05
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hendricks; Hospitals; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Physicians and surgeons; 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.