The Scene of the Fight
finding things as described in the printed letter.
Hunt and Johnson were lying off in an arbor of
green pine boughs. Talk with them, with Snee-
don and Nevins. To Clark s house hospital, visit-
ing the doctors, who invited me to dinner. Through
the camps, over the creek and into the woods,
under the broiling sun to division hospital. Back
to Skilton s. Writing to Tribune. In the evening
a long ride through the woods to our left, with
Skilton, to learn the result of the skirmish under
Smith and Keyes. Very dark and devious, the
way a hard one to hit. Visited the N.Y. 34th
and its lieutenant-colonel or major, in command.
Return, latish. More cannonading and shot and
shell. Skilton aroused at midnight to go on duty
with the 87th, who have to throw up intrenchments
very near the enemy s works. The tremendous
boom of one big gun belonging to the rebels very
audible amid the firing.
17. Thursday. Writing in the morning, to the
Tribune. In the afternoon rode again with Skil-
ton to the left, in a south-west direction. Going
through the woods saw a huge bird seated on a
tree, had a shot at and of course missed him
To the 34h N.Y. and then in search of Keyes
brigade. Passed wounded men in ambulances.
Ayres Battery at length, where I was surprised to
find Wilkeson, who had arrived but recently.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and thirty-seven|
|Description:||Describes a skirmish at Yorktown.|
|Subject:||Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hospitals; Hunt, Captain; Johnson (military officer); Journalism; Keyes, Eramus D.; Military; Nevins; New York tribune.; New York Infantry Regiment, 34th; New York Infantry Regiment, 87th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Physicians and surgeons; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Skilton, Julius A.; Smith, William F.; Sneedon; Wilkeson, Samuel|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Yorktown, Virginia]|
|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.|