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[newspaper clipping]
  MY DEAR SIR Mr. Sinclair has gone to ye army before
Yorktown to make arrangements to get us ye news.  He
will probably see you, & you will act in conjunction
with him.
  Your sketch of ye battle-ground of ye 16th came just
eight days after ye battle.  Of course it was useless.
The corr: of ye Philadelphia Inquirer had sent
one to that paper, which it had had engraved & pub-
lished, which I had also had engraved & published, three
days before yours reached me.  I pray you remember ye
Tribune is a daily news-paper or meant to be, & not a
historical record of past events.  Correspondence to be
of any value must be prompt, fresh & full of facts.  I
know how difficult it is, under ye censor ship to write, but
there must be facts enough of general interest all about
you to make a daily letter.  Yours for to morrow s paper
is ye best you have sent us short & to ye purpose.  I
should like you to write daily, if only a half, a quarter
column, so that ye report of all you may tell be con-
tinuous.  The curiosity & anxiety about Yorktown is
feverish, & ye public like ye paper best that is always
giving something.  If there is absolutely nothing to write
about, drop a line and tell me that.  The HERALD is con-
stantly ahead of us with Yorktown news.  The battle of
ye 16th we were compelled to copy from it.  Yrs. very
truly,					       S. H. GAY.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping of letter from S.H. Gay to Thomas Butler Gunn, regarding his reporting duties at Yorktown.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York herald.; New York tribune.; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Sinclair
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; 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.