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		A Lodging in
the house should be occupied exclusively as an
hospital.           Hendricks had been already expel-
led and was scribbling industriously, in the shade
of the house, seated on some planks.  It was a
lovely, sunny morning.      Took an observation and
found a small shanty to the left of the house,
from which my Tribune letter is dated.    Here
I went to work and scribbled till 4. A. M. with
but little interruption.    Willington looked in once.
The soldiers gave me a bit of turkey, which with
a couple of pieces of corn-bread, secreted from break-
fast, served as a dinner.            Presently the musi-
cal instruments &c were cleared out of the shanty
and I had to move.       The young fellow who had
taken care of my horse, Frank Amesbury, sug-
gested that I should occupy the attic of a negro
house in the rear, which I, no more than he,
then knew to be illustrious as the Headquarters
of Gen. Lafayette, before the Battle of Yorktown.
But the suggestion was good, and after I had
got a meal from the negroes (at their house to
the right of the big one) I ascended the ricketty
staircase of the shanty exhibited in the photo-
graphs on the opposite page.  The upper room
to the right looked cheerless enough, it was dark
and dirty and full of musical instruments, and
between the tottering brick chimney (which might have
been thrown down, outwards, by a vigorous run and
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and nineteen
Description:Regarding taking lodging in a slave hut.
Date:1862-04-06
Subject:African Americans; Amesbury, Frank; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hendricks; Journalism; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slaves; Willington
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.