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	The day after.   Hendricks.   Berdan.
dricks appeared,   oily, Jewish and rascally.
Immediately he went to work examining drawers,
boxes and presses; pocketting children s socks,
articles of women s wear, with the remarks that
they would  just suit  divers members of his fa-
mily.    He secured paper, also, looking so much
like a wily Jew fence, overhauling stolen booty
that I could hardly forbear making the compari-
son aloud.   I chaffed him, advising him to put
a chest of drawers in his waistcoat-pocket &c.
Presently the old doctor work, Hendricks fell
to writing and I went down stairs to breakfast
in the basement.   Here I found Col. Berdanx
of the Regiment of Sharpshooters, and Dr Snel-
ling, the surgeon; who had come to see about the
condition of one of their wounded men.  From him
I obtained particulars of yesterday s fight, while
I partook of rye, coffee and cold ham.   Afterwards
I accompanied the colonel and surgeon to their
regiment, where a young fellow, Lieut. Elmendorf,
was making a map of the position, a circular tin
plate being his table.     This map he presently du-
plicated for me, while I made notes from Ber-
dan s account of the action.   Returning I found
Heintzelman s people encamping in front of the
saw-mill, and had a word with Moses.            Then
to Clark s House, to which I was refused admit-
tance, Gen. Porter having given strict orders that
		    x Page 195.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Regarding the events of the second day of the Battle of Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-06
Subject:Berdan, Hiram; Civil War; Elmendorf, W., Lieutenant; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Hendricks; Jews; Military; Moses, Captain; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Snelling, Dr.; United States Sharpshooters Regiment, 1st
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.