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	The Interior of an Hospital.
what he called poison-flowers.    (I believe the
man had a monomania on the subject.)       Off
with Anderson, who in his civil, Irish way
tried to put me under a course of cross-exami-
nation for items, volunteering nothing in return,
after the manner of Herald reporters.           To
Clark s house where I found Skilton, came
to inquire about the causes of the escape of a
poor fellow belonging to his regiment, who, re-
moved from his care, had been allowed to run
wild into the woods, there to die of delirium in
fever.     Anderson left.     With Drs Bentley
and Skilton into the upper room of the hospi-
tal, that in which I had slept on my first 
night before Yorktown.  In it there were about
ten wounded men on couches.   One, a deserter
from the enemy had been shot through the body,
just above the arch of the aorta, as he advan-
ced with his arms raised, to show that he had
no weapon, towards our scared picket.      He was
from Michigan and had belonged to a Missi-
sippi regiment.    He had a flushed, feverish
face but the doctors thought he might recover.
Others were variously wounded with shot, shell,
or bullet; some lay with their legs in troughs
or boxes, some sat upright in bed, supported
by frames.      It was a lovely, sunny day, the
windows open.     A stroll afterwards, up into
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and sixty-three
Description:Describes a scene in a hospital at Yorktown.
Date:1862-04-28
Subject:Anderson (reporter); Bentley, Dr.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heine, Captain; Hospitals; Journalism; Medical care (U.S. army); Military; New York herald.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Skilton, Julius A.
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.