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       Negro Attic.     Weather-bound there.
up a fire and our roof was weatherproof.     All
four camped on the floor for the night.
  8.  Tuesday.   In doors all day, writing to the
Tribune.  (This letter was either suppressed by
the censorship, or the folks at the office deemed it
inexpedient to publish it; it contained yesterday s
pickings up and involved some detail as to the po-
sitions of the camps: I haven t seen it in print.)
Heavy rain outside as Hall drew and I scrib-
bled.    From the free colored men represented
axe in hand on page 101, I procured half a ham
and a lot of dough, and on this the quartette
of us fed, Babcock being cook.  He and his com-
rades were excellent fellows, Babcock rather
elderly and Graham possessing a Scotch physiog-
nomy.    They were both tired of soldiering and
beyond that the economical abolition of bands of
music throughout the army would set them at
liberty.          This day I missed my valise or
satchel, which contained the rough diary from
which I amplify this, my paper and other, al-
most indispensable articles.   We all suspected
Amesbury of having stolen it.     According to his
own account he wasn t very scrupulous about help-
ing himself to things he  wanted.      In this instance
the result proved that we did him injustice.
  9.  Wednesday.   Dr Bentley, the surgeon in
authority up, on a tour of disquisition.   He bes-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Regarding his time spent in a slave hut at Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-07
Subject:African Americans; Amesbury, Frank; Babcock; Bentley, Dr.; Civil War; Food; Graham; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Journalism; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); 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.