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     A near view of the rebel entrenchments.
to the camps.     I had got beyond the saw mill
and was floundering through the muddy field
before it when Hall s voice hailed me.      He
had sojourned with Col. Hays overnight, faring
hard enough.     Together we went to the Mozart-
ers and dined in the tent of sutler Rogers.     Pre-
sently Riley joined us and wanted to know if
we d like to go to the front, where we might be
under fire.      We assented and took a muddy
walk in his company, to where the 7th Mass.
was snugly encamped in a declivity, bordering
a wood, beyond which at about half a mile s
distance could be seen the line of the enemy s for-
tifications.    A deserted house in which we were
not allowed to enter marked the extreme boundary.
Sundry shells, exploded and whole were exhi-
bited.     Indeed all the Union camps were pitched much
too near the rebel lines at first, to which blunder
we owed much of our safety, for the shells went 
right over us, into the fields beyond.      The camps
were moved subsequently, in most cases more than
once.     Spots of rain descended.     We encountered
Wallington in a white india-rubber overcoat, who
joined us.      To the 63rd Penn., with Riley as
pilot.    Col. Hays, Capt Hanna and Surgeon Ro-
gers then took us for a wet, muddy, puddley
walk through the woods to a very near view of
the rebel entrenchments on the left, where we
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Describes a walk to a spot in which he had a near view of the Confederate entrenchments.
Date:1862-04-07
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Hanna, Captain; Hays, Alexander; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 7th; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd; Riley, Colonel; Rogers (surgeon); Rogers (sutler); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Wallington
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.