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    Removal of Camp.     Death of O Brien.
poke us four and presently sent up a man to
order Hall and myself away.x    So we said
good bye to our friendly Pennsylvanians and left.
I may add, here, that for my handsome horses-
bit I found an old and bent one substituted,
the bridle subjected, also, to a similarly unprofi-
table exchange; of which proceedings I suspected
(and do now) suspect Amesbury.     A raw frow-
ard morning.       To Heintzelman s and the Mo-
zart regiment.       Riley had got his tent up and
was superintending the construction of a chimney for
his stove, during which we did our best to keep
warm and dined, regally, on steak broiled on
the gridiron.   While there looking over the N. Y.
Herald, I saw and
clipped out of it columns
the opposite paragraph:

[newspaper clipping]
Death of Lieutenant Fitz James O Brien.
			BALTIMORE, April 5, 1862.
  Lieutenant Fitz James O Brien, of General Lander s
staff, died this morning of lockjaw, in consequence of a
wound received in a skirmish some two months since.

[Gunn s diary continued]
  The bricks had arrived for the chimney when
a mounted orderly and a rain storm appeared
simultaneously with instructions from Gen Birney
(the Mozarters belonged to his brigade) to move
the camp immediately.     It was  the confusion
of King Agramonte s camp  directly.       We bade
a hasty farewell to Riley and struck off through
the ice-cold rain across the open, to Heintzel-
man s, Hall plodding on foot, as usual.    At
the telegraph tent we found Nevins and Snee-
don, talked with them, went to the saw mill,
     x By order of Gen. Fitz-John Porter; Mc Clellan s pet.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Includes a short newspaper clipping regarding the death of Fitz James O'Brien.
Date:1862-04-09
Subject:Amesbury, Frank; Bentley, Dr.; Birney, David Bell; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Horses; Lander, F.W.; McClellan, George B.; Military; Military camp life; Nevins; New York herald.; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; Obituaries; O'Brien, Fitz James; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John; Riley, Colonel; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Sneedon
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.