In Camp. Rainy Weather.
had been lost, the rain came in soaked
through my blanket and coat and wetted me
more than agreeably. So I had to get up and
remedy matters at about 3 A. M. and then
to stretcher and sleep again.
20. Sunday. Still rain, pools of water,
little streams and muddy earth outside. Piled
up boxes and put india-rubber blanket over top
aperture of tent. Everything most and clammy.
Scribbling in Heichhold s Cruesoe hut, which
by this time is accommodated with a stove.
Thus, or at Skiltons all day till evening, when
I went with Hall over to the surgeons house.
Stayed in Rogers room writing till 10, its
tenant, the chaplain and Heichhold there for
half an hour or so. A black scramble back
to tents, everything dark as Erebus, excepting
the lurid camp-fires along the horizon. Tum-
bled into pits and pools of water and go mud-
died up to boot-tops. Found the tent like
wet blotting paper, but though dog-tired, damp
and diarrhaish, fell asleep with a hot brick
to my feet, provided by the thoughtfulness of Hol-
man. Heine came to Heichhold s hut on
a visit of inspection this morning.
21. Monday. Sent man on my horse
to Heintzelman s to mail letter, who was, of
course too late for that day s post. Hither and
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and forty-seven|
|Description:||Regarding his stay in Dr. Heichhold's hut.|
|Subject:||Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heichhold, A.P.; Heine, Captain; Holman, Frank; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rogers, Dr.; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Skilton, Julius A.|
|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.|