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      The entrenchments.     With Hall to
heard sundry stories of  casualties  saw a
broken fence where a battery had been stationed
and three or four dead horses   killed by the
enemy s shot.  We could hardly have been at
greater distance than a quarter of a mile from
the rebel works here; the guns were plainly
visible.   Wallington took his white coat off to
avoid affording a too conspicuous mark.   Back
at length, through the pools and puddles to the
63rd.        Supper in a wet arbor of pine boughs;
Haymaker present.   A fire burning in front of
Hay s tent.       To the Mozarters with Hall; Ri-
ley having gone there some time before.  His tent
was not up yet; he reposing in an  avalanche,  as
the more ignorant of the soldiers called an ambu-
lance.       The gallant Mozarters had pillaged
my haversac (left hanging to the saddle) of its to-
bacco, considerately leaving one twist for me.   Mount-
ed and with Hall tramping beside me, through
the mud, an ice-cold north-east wind blowing
in our faces, to Clark s house, where I suc-
ceeded in smuggling my companion past the sen-
try, and consigning horse to Amesbury, reascen-
ded to my attic.      Here we found Babcock
and a musical comrade named Graham, of
the same regiment, both of whom made us very 
welcome.    Out of doors the weather was horrible,
the rain being fierce and continuous.     But we kept
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes a walk to a spot in which he had a near view of the Confederate entrenchments.
Date:1862-04-07
Subject:Amesbury, Frank; Babcock; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Graham; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Haymaker; Military; Military camp life; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd; Riley, Colonel; 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.