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		Hither and Thither.
by 7 P. M.
  15.  Tuesday.   A ride with Skilton to Hein-
tzelman s; then being joined by Col. Dodge of the
87th N. Y. towards the rebel lines.           On the
borders of the wood we found that the peach orchard
or part of it was cut down, for the operation of
artillery.    The sharpshooters were in the woods.
Lunched at the camp of the 87th.        With Dodge
and two officers to Berdan s; dinner, chaff
and loafing.       Returning I looked in at my old
lodging, now hospital to Porter s division, and
saw Graham, inquiring about my missing va-
lise, without success.     In the evening, with
Skilton to the house by the road side occupyed
by the Virginian, Green.       We found there an
officer and the exceedingly selfish and useless chap-
lain of, I think, Skilton s regiment, who prefer-
red the fireside of this homestead to doing any
of his duty to the poor, sick soldiers.     Green s
wife was an Englishwoman; the man himself, a
meek, slow, ignorant person.       They had four
or five barelegged, unkempt children.        A cum-
brous bed in the chamber was heaped high with
frowsy coverings and a log fire afforded what
light the household was supplied with.    Return-
ing to our picturesque camp, while the cannon
were booming in the direction of Yorktown.
  16.  Wednesday.   A walk to Heintzelman s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Mentions a visit to Green's house.
Date:1862-04-14
Subject:Children; Civil War; Dodge, Colonel; Graham; Green; Green, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 87th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John; 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.