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		In the Swamp.
Sneedon at work on maps in Heine s tent.
Talk with Mallon, a young ordinance officer.
Took Sneedon back with me to Mac Knight s
tent, where we dined in rough sort.           With
the honest chaplain Marks to his tent on the
edge of the miry water that almost encircled 
the camp.     Thanks to a huge brick chimney
which he and his tent-mates had erected, and
an artificial floor, they kept their health.    To
the 63rd Penn.     Col. Hays lying in a low 
dark tent, on a couch of leaves, one eye bound
up, from neuralgia; he expected to lose the
sight of it.     All these camps were in a horribly
sickly location; water being within a foot of
the surface of the earth.         Rejoined Sneedon
at Gen. Hamilton s, whom I saw and spoke
with.       In Heine s tent.      Riding away met
Anderson who joined me.     Heine appeared
and insisted on our returning to partake of
 rum and Dutch herrings, made in Maine. 
Heine had charge of running certain paral-
lels and an observatory and was full of con-
tempt for  theoretical  engineering, wishing that
he had a contract to take Yorktown and cater
for the army; it might cost, he said, 300 lives
to storm the entrenchments but ten times that
number would die of disease in the entrench-
ments.  He exhibited a bough-covered with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Regarding skirmishes at Yorktown near the end of April, 1862.
Date:1862-04-28
Subject:Anderson (reporter); Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton, Charles Smith; Hays, Alexander; Heine, Captain; MacKnight, Colonel; Marks; Medical care (U.S. army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Sneedon
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.