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	    Bivouac in Saw-mill.
found a pit that afforded perfect shelter
from the wind that swept over the fields like
a Texan  norther,  and had a doze there.
Presently we returned to Heintzelman s and
loafed for an hour or more by the fire in front
of the General s tent, sometimes conversing with
the old chuff.     There were tents enough; he knew
we were shelterless, but not a word did he say of
affording us a night s hospitality.    Nevins, Snee-
don and the young fellows were kindly, but had
no accommodation.   One of them piloted us how-
ever to a fire among the bushes where we got some
coffee and crackers form the teamsters.     Night
set in anon, and we resolved to sleep in our
saw-pit.    But in the meantime the condition of
my horse made me uneasy; the sore on the poor
brute s back was not yet cured, and the weather
affected him so violently as to increase a habit
he had, of gnashing his teeth, until it became in-
cessant.         I applied to some troopers camping
in the saw mill, but they were incompetent or
indifferent, and then set off to find somebody
who  understood horses  among the teamsters. The
promise of liberal pay tempted one fellow, but
when the poor animal winced at his inspection,
the cur became alarmed and slunk off, saying
he wouldn t have nothin  to do with such a horse
as that.     So I swore I d help him myself, spon-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Regarding a night spent at a saw mill in Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-09
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Horses; Military; Nevins; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); 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.