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		At Lee s Mills.

[newspaper clipping continued]
action, the 2d Rhode Island, the 1st New-Jersey,
Mott s and Gorman s, comprising 16 field-pieces, all
Parrott guns, supported by the three infantry regi-
ments constituting Jameson s Brigade.  Our artillery
silenced that of the Rebels, dismounting one big gun
put up yesterday, and making a breach in the in-
trenchments.  The 2d and 34th New-York, the 1st
Minnesota, the 15th Massachusetts, the 3d Michigan,
shared the honors and casualties of the day.  I hear
that the latter are more serious than had been an-
ticipated.
  At 4 p. m. the Rebels made a sally in force, but
were repulsed with loss.  From thence until dark-
ness, and after, a murderous fire of rifle bullets was
kept up by the sharp-shooters on both sides.  Our
men ventured within 600 feet of the Rebels  intrench-
ments, discovering a fosse or ditch, which they pos-
sess the power of flooding at pleasure.  To-night the
87th New-York are detailed to throw up intrench-
ments, under cover of the darkness, nearer to the
Rebel lines than anything we have yet attempted, as
a basis for further and more important operations.
Meantime, our cannon make the night hideous with
shot and shell, possibly as a means of distracting the
enemy s attention.
  You will probably have a more extensive as well
as succinct account of this action from my comrade,
attached to the corps of Gen. Keyes; it lies rather
within his domain than mine.  Great things are con-
fidently looked for within a day or two.

[Gunn s diary continued]
Brigham was there, too,
and handed me $30 in
gold, remitted by the Tri-
bune, retaining the borrowed
$20 which made up the sum
sent.   A ride with Brig-
ham to the scene of yesterday s
action, in which forty men
were killed, a hundred and 
ten wounded.    Arrived
at the three burnt chim-
neys indicated in the rough
plan of localities we saw

[map sketch drawn by Gunn of battleground at Yorktown]
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Includes map sketch by Gunn of battlefield at Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-17
Subject:Brigham, William T.; Casualties; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jameson, Charles Davis; Journalism; Keyes, Erasmus D.; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 15th; Michigan Infantry Regiment, 3rd; Military; Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st; New York Infantry Regiment, 2nd; New York Infantry Regiment, 34th; New York Infantry Regiment, 87th; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rhode Island Infantry Regiment, 2nd; Siege of Yorktown (Va.)
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.