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	Camp Life and Incidentals,
  26.  Saturday.   Rain steady and almost
incessant all day.   In log hut or visiting Skil-
ton s tent, reading, writing, loafing, dozing, sit-
ting by fire, conversing and smoking.    Prospect 
out of doors execrable.   Story of a fight detailed
in Tribune letter of to-morrow, also in one
of to-day of which I have no copy.  I wrote every
day, generally at night.
  27.  Sunday.   With Hall to Heintzelman s.
Talk with Nevins and a newly-arrived telegraphic
operator named Lathrop.   Capt Hamilton of
the Penn 63rd there, with him to Porter s head-
quarters and then to those of Mc Clellan and
the Post-Office.     Anon, with Hall to the 1st
Mass, getting particulars of skirmish and
attending funeral of men killed in it.  Waud
there also; presently Talcott, Hendricks and
a new Herald man named Ward.    I went off
with Alf subsequently to the tent of a sutler
of the 11th infantry (regulars) where we drank
some Scotch ale and I bought a bottle of
brandy.         Writing at night, as usual.
  28.  Monday.   Witnessed the sad scene des-
cribed in the letter of this date.   A ride with
Heichhold to his regiment.       Visited Mac Knight
the colonel.   Alone to Gen Hamilton s head-
quarters, a little quadrangle of tents in the
forest, on the borders of a swamp.   Found
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Regarding military camp life at Yorktown.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Hamilton, Captain; Hamilton, Charles Smith; Heichhold, A.P.; Hendricks; Journalism; Lathrop; MacKnight, Colonel; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 1st; Military; Nevins; New York herald.; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Skilton, Julius A.; Talcott; United States Army Infantry Regiment, 11th; Ward (journalist); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[Yorktown, Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-06-17


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.