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		 California Joe. 
of men, as I had ample opportunity of knowing
afterwards) had been considerably laughed at, in
consequence.  The party, too, were considerably exer-
cised about a Tribune editorial, erroneously ascribing
the origin of the regiment to Senator Wilson, and
one young fellow   orderly or something of the sort
  had commenced an ungrammatical letter, written
in my name, correcting my blunder which I was
modestly expected to telegraph on, immediately.  A
promise as to next letter put all to rights, and
Berdan began to deluge me with particulars as to
the day s achievements of his men.    Soon it was
noised in our direction that  Californy  had come
in, so we went to see him.           The sharpshooter,
a wild-looking man, with a fell of curly brown
hair and a rough physiognomy, all spatter-
ed with blood, stood near a camp-fire, surround-
ed by a group of admiring comrades.   He had
on a heavy soldier s overcoat with its cape twisted
about his neck, and a rifle in hand, from the
muzzle of which a piece of steel had been struck
off by a rebel bullet, wounding his nose and
cheek, from whence his ensanguined appearance.
His talk was as rough as his aspect.      You should
have seen us spank them ____s a___s, Colonel, 
he said.       He had remained in a rifle pit until 
the hail of bullets compelled him, growlingly, to
withdraw.     The durned old pit warnt o  no ac-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes sharpshooter ''California Joe.''
Date:1862-04-11
Subject:Berdan, Hiram; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Head, Truman (California Joe); Journalism; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Wilson, Senator
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.