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		Being Shot at.
an earthwork thrown up by our men to the left
overnight.    Sharpshooters crouched behind the brick
work of the burnt house and near them was the
Prince de Joinville, who more prudent than us,
had dismounted and left his horse in the rear.
 You are too thick there and will get a shot soon, 
said one of the rifle men as we sat in a row on
horseback, Brigham, Skilton and myself, sur-
veying the scene.   And very soon ping! went a
rifle-bullet, evidently aimed at us.        So we with-
drew, meeting Aiken in one of the camps in the
woods,            Galloping back with Skilton we
paused at the Mozarters, at Riley s tent.         The
colonel came out and behaved with but little
courtesy, ostensibly because we didn t dismount
to drink, really because he hadn t seen any
special glorification of himself of my inditing, in
the Tribune.         Saw Dr Rogers.         Returning to
our Sibley, found Hall who brought a
batch of letters from Fortress Monroe and some
news.    Quigg had been arrested by order of Gene-
ral Wool, on charge of treason; his letters and
those of his mother opened; it was asserted that
a complete roster of the Union forces had been found
among his papers       There were also new and strin-
gent botherations to be inflicted on newspaper cor-
respondents.      I got letters from Haney, Bowery-
em and Ed. Greatbatch.          Writing.     Hall
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Describes being shot at while at Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-17
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Boweryem, George; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Haney, Jesse; Joinville, Francois-Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Marie d'Orleans, prince de; Journalism; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Quigg, John; Riley, Colonel; Rogers, Dr.; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Skilton, Julius A.; Wool, John Ellis
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.