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	   Death of a Boy-Volunteer.
thither, sometimes in camp, sometimes across
the wet muddy fields, with Hall, to the house,
reading, scribbling, dozing.   Dined at 4.   The
rain presently flooded our tent, necessitating
vigorous operations in the way of trenching and
digging.     I take refuge in Heichhold s hut and
write a letter to Hannah, completing the same
by 11, when I go to bed, sharing Heichhold s
bunk, with portmanteau for pillow.
  22.  Tuesday.   An April day, now sunny
now overcast, the roads execrable.  Heichhold
rather sick.      After breakfast, a boy of sixteen
was brought in, so chilled by lying on the wet
earth under the miserable, miscalled shelter-tents,
and by having been on picket on Sunday night
that the circulation of his blood had almost stop-
ped.    Heichhold looked at him, pronounced him
 almost gone  and prescribed brandy, instantly.
The boy died in an hour and a half.            I may
couple this with an incident related by chaplain
Marks (of the 105th Penn, or the 38th N.Y., I
forget which.)     He found a small-pox patient,
lying in the drenching rain, with only a few fence
rails between him and the sky   nobody near him.
They had carried him out of the hospital, for
fear of infection.    I think he recovered.     With
Skilton and Hall to Green s house, the sel-
fish chaplain being or imagining himself sick
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and forty-nine
Description:Regarding the death of a sixteen-year-old soldier from rain and cold.
Date:1862-04-21
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Civil War; Green; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heichhold, A.P.; Hospitals; Marks; Medical care (U.S. army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Physicians and surgeons; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Skilton, Julius A.; Trampton, J.G.; Williams (chaplain)
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.