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	     A Ride to  Farenhold s. 

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
was slowly suppurating away.  The only hope was
in the critical surgical operation to which he refers.
On the 4th of April his friend Davis received a let-
ter scrawled in pencil by O Brien announcing the
result:

   I gave up the ghost, and told him to go ahead.  There
were about twelve surgeons to witness the operation.  All
my shoulder bone and a portion of my upper arm have
been taken away.  I nearly died.  My breath ceased, heart
ceased to beat, pulse stopped.  However, I got through.
I am not yet out of danger from the operation, but a worse
disease has set in.  I have got tetanus, or lock-jaw.  There
is a chance of my getting out of it, that s all.  In case I 
don t, good-by, old fellow, with all my love!  I don t want
to make any legal document, but I desire that you and
Frank Wood should be my literary executors, because aft-
er I m dead I may turn out a bigger man than when living.
I d write more if I could, but I m very weak.  Write to
me.  I may be alive.  Also get Wood to write. 

  Three of his friends started on the instant.  The

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
trains failed to connect at Baltimore.  They tele-
graphed and received the reply,   O Brien is very
low.  He is glad you are coming.   They hurried
on as soon as possible; but arrived too late.  On
Sunday morning, the 6th of April, O Brien seemed a
little better, and sat up for a time on the side of his
bed.  A little nutriment was administered through
a syringe.  The Doctor asked if he would take a 
glass of sherry.  He said Yes.  While slowly sip-
ping it, he turned pale and fell back.  Cologne was
dashed in his face.  But it was too late.  His featu-
ures were set in death.   So died,  writes his friend
Wood,  at the threshold of a grand career, a great
Poet and a brave Soldier a man of such a kindly
and charming nature that he was beloved even by 
his enemies. 

[Gunn s handwriting]
   Nil nisi &c!   This ex-methodist minis-
ter has obeyed the false axiom with a ven-
geance!   O Brien was fortunate in his death;
he tended inevitably to a much less honorable
end.     And so Vale to him.
	                       

[Gunn s diary continued]
Thence to the doctors  house and beyond, in search
of Wallington and the 3rd Penn. cavalry.         Re-
ceived by his host, Major Bement, Wallington
being absent.    To adjacent rebel-camp, Hall
sketching it, cavalry exercising.        Wallington
returned.     A ride to a point on the York River
proposed and after some difficulty in accommoda-
ting Hall with a sufficiently meek horse we set
off.    The incidents are told in my Tribune letter
of next day, inserted over leaf.       In the house
described as Farenhote s (Farenhold s or Farn-
hold s I have seen it spelt all three ways; we
had to get it from the imperfect pronunciation of
the negroes) we met Lumley, the artist for the
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Includes newspaper clipping regarding Fitz James O'Brien, written by Guernsey for ''Harper's Weekly.''
Date:1862-04-22
Subject:Bement, Major; Civil War; Davis (artist); Guernsey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Lumley; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Obituaries; O'Brien, Fitz James; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, 3rd; Physicians and surgeons; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Wallington; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[Yorktown, Virginia]; [New York, New York]
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.