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	       A Night in a Saw-pit.
ged the animal s back, rubbed him down with
hay and put on his blanket.     Hall and I then
retired to our saw-pit for the night.     It was
a longitudinal shallow hole, and we lay between
two huge wheels or other machinery, a beam cros-
sing above us, the saw-dust below, on which I
had spread my blankets, india-rubber and
other.    Farther on slept Nevins and another,
hidden from us by the iron-work.  Overhead, 
at some ten feet distance were planks resting
on the beams of the saw-mill; and above all
the pyramidal roof.        It was a bitter cold
night, but the sharp wind swept over us as we
lay, comparatively snug in our saw pit; at inter-
vals, whenever I awoke I heard my poor horse s
teeth chattering.    We could not turn over except
together.   Further on a sentinel stood on guard;
and so the night passed.
  10.  Thursday.   A light snow was falling
as we arose, like a lay version of the Resurrection.
It was a dreary, muddy morning.        I got to horse
and with Hall on foot we set off in chase of a
breakfast, down the Yorktown road.       At a
quarter of a mile s distance we found a small
house and applied to the owner thereof, a com-
mon, down-looking Virginian named Green, for
a meal.    But he said that he had seven chil-
dren, that the soldiers had taken his food, &c,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Regarding a night spent at a saw mill in Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-09
Subject:Civil War; Green; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Horses; Military; Nevins; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.)
Coverage (City/State):Yorktown, Virginia
Scan Date:2010-06-17

 

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.