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	        Camp Experiences.
body of a man, stiff and stark, killed in
yesterday afternoon s skirmish.  Dined, with
Skilton, at Riley s tent, the Mozarters being
adjacent.   Hall with us, all the time.  He got
accommodated with underclothing (which he very much
needed) by a Major Egan, a very good fellow, who
was not on speaking terms with his colonel.   Back
to our Sibley.              In the afternoon took a ride
with Heichhold to a promontory on the York Ri-
ver, commanding a view of the locality.    We pas-
sed a blossoming peach orchard of at least fif-
teen acres and saw the soldiers getting oysters
in the river.   A sunny but cold day.
  13.  Sunday.   Writing to the Tribune, du-
ring the best part of the day, partly in tent, partly
in the house of the doctors, partly at Heichhold s 
tent.     Finished by 11.
  14.  Monday.   Hall goes off with the inten-
tion of re-visiting Fortress Monroe, in hopes 
of getting letters, money or clothes.  I start with
Skilton for a ride to Ship Point, some of the
particulars of which journey are contained in my
Tribune letter on page 121.      We lunched at a
farmer s house and ultimately crossed Poqusen
or Fish Creek and went on board some transports,
afterwards striking off to Ship Point.       It was
a long ride and the doctor seemed more anxious to
display his horse than aught else.    We got back
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Regarding various incidents at the Union military camps near Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-12
Subject:Civil War; Egan, Major; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heichhold, A.P.; Journalism; Military; Military camp life; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Riley, Colonel; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Skilton, Julius A.
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.