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[newspaper map of positions at Yorktown on April 26]
THE ACTION OF APRIL 26 NEAR YORKTOWN.

[newspaper clipping: first column]
  The above is an accurate sketch, taken on the
spot by one of our correspondents, of the gallant ac-
tion of the 26th of April, when a Rebel redoubt was
carried at the point of the bayonet by Company H,
Capt. Carruth, of the 1st Massachusetts.  Company
A deployed on the left as skirmishers; Company I

[newspaper clipping: second column]
was held in the woods on the right as a reserve
when Capt. Carruth advanced with his command
across the open ground, as shown, amid a storm of
bullets, without firing a shot till they crossed a deep
ditch, leaped over the parapet, and drove the Rebels
before them.  Company A. of the 11th Massachu-

[newspaper clipping: third column]
setts then advanced to their rapport from the ex-
treme right, engaged the Rebels, capturing 13 pris-
oners, while the attacking party destroyed the re-
doubt.  The whole force then withdrew under a
heavy fire of rifle balls, shot, and shell from the
Rebel fortifications.

[Gunn s handwriting]
Sent by me to the Tribune.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Newspaper clipping of map sketch drawn by Gunn showing the positions of Union and Confederate forces during a fight on April 26, 1862, at Yorktown, Virginia.
Date:1862-04-26
Subject:Carruth, Captain; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Maps and sketches; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 1st; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.)
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.