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	The Second Night before Yorktown.
ments.    He had lit a fire in the crazy chim-
ney, which illuminated the dingy interior and
served to make some coffee, which he invited
me to share, I, in return, supplying him
with tobacco. He had a candle, too, by which
I finished my letter, congratulating myself on
having obtained shelter, for the rain pattered
overhead, steadily and dismally.    So we shared
the room on the left fraternally and if I hadn t
been diarrheaish, I might have felt tolerably
comfortable.    Camping on the floor, we slept
with our feet to the fire till morning, I being
covered with a blanket and an old coat aban-
doned by some soldier and probably appropria-
ted by one of the negroes.    The adjoining room
was untenanted; immediately below us slept
the negroes, and in the ground floor to the
right lay the hospital attendants.        This day
was not productive of incidents in the camp.
  7.  Monday.   Work up cold and early.    Bab-
cock lit fire and invited me to share his break-
fast, consisting of fried ham and a hard-boiled
egg.  Meantime Amesbury had attended to my
horse, applying something to a bad sore on his
back.      I found the postmaster of the 62nd
Penn. just starting with his mail bag and saw
my letter safely off.  Then I got to horse and
rode through the raw, cold, gusty morning
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Regarding spending the night in a slave hut.
Date:1862-04-06
Subject:Amesbury, Frank; Babcock; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 62nd; 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.