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	  Visiting and Camp Life.
was a squirt, generally.)     To Berdan s Camp,
finding his men exercising.   Ripley, Aiken s
brother-in-law, proved to be a distant relative
of the Major Ripley (now General in the rebel 
service) of Charleston, Moultrie and Sumter,
who is his grandfather s cousin.  Talk and drinks.
Heichhold off.    We stay to supper, then re-
turn to our sojourning place, stopping at Green s 
house to buy eggs.     Scribbling till 2. Pm. M.
in Heichhold s hut, the day dying gustely and
drearily.          I may say here that Skilton s
hospitality wasn t gratuitous.   I advanced money
to Holman for the general board, and paid Skil-
ton so much per month for the feed of my horse,
who was half starved, I believe, by the neglect
of his negro.        Hall, getting no remittances from
Leslie, was hard up; I had to cater and speak
for him almost all the time we were together.  H
was a kindly fellow and I liked him.
  24.  Thursday.   Abed till 9.         Writing letter
to Haney.   At 1 P. M. Anderson and Craw-
ford came in.          With Skilton and a military
friend of his for a ride.      This friend wore spurs
with huge rowels, to which was appended some
jingling ornament, he seemed a pretty efficient
cavalry man, but otherwise an ass.       He came
from Troy, N.Y.    Visited the 12th N.Y. then
to the 1st Mass.    Wells and Talcot.    Then past
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and fifty-three
Description:Regarding visits to various military camps.
Date:1862-04-23
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Anderson (reporter); Berdan, Hiram; Civil War; Crawford, Dr.; Food; Green; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Haney, Jesse; Heichhold, A.P.; Holman, Frank; Horses; Leslie, Frank; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 1st; Milhan; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 12th; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Talcott; Wells, Lieutenant-Colonel
Coverage (City/State):[Yorktown, Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-06-17

 

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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.