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         Skirmishing.     A Visit to Berdan s.
in front.   So Aiken and I got to horse and
gallopped thither as far as we were allowed
to go, to the extremity of the big field fronting
Heintzelman s.   Here a house was blazing a-
way bonnily to the right, set on fire by our shells,
while the rebels were responding in similar sort.  We
sat listening to the hellish scream of the shells,
surveying the scene and talking to two of Berdan s
sharpshooters for awhile.    Col. Hays  negro boy
 Eph  recognized me and told me that his mas-
ter and a party of the 63rd Penn were in the
woods skirmishing; Hays  yelling like an Injun. 
At a corner of the wood, behind the Peach Orch-
hard mentioned in my first Yorktown letter, we
fell in with Gen Jameson, his staff and a company
of mounted soldiers.     (I learnt afterwards than
Anderson had been here, that in a hurried retreat
he got unhorsed and came running back, mired
from head to foot.)      Returning in the gloom of
the gathering night, Aiken proposed a detour
and visit to Berdan s Camp, as he had a
relative there, a cousin or brother-in-law.  By
the way we got a feed for our horses, among some
cavalry.      At Berdan s we found the Colonel
and others by whom I was immediately assailed
relative to my having made the chief and doctor
seek cover in the bushes  to avoid the shells, in
my Tribune letter.      Berdan (one of the vainest
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Describes a skirmish at Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-11
Subject:African Americans; Aiken, Captain; Anderson (reporter); Berdan, Hiram; Civil War; Eph; Gunn, Thomas Butler Gunn; Hays, Alexander; Jameson, Charles Davis; Journalism; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); United States Sharpshooters Regiment, 1st
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.