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		Ayres  Battery.
the indifferent pilotage of Mc Elrath.   Brigham
returned, temporarily, to Fortress Monroe.   Off
to see a newly-erected battery on the right of the
three chimneys, a ride through the camps and forest
bringing us to it.  It consisted of a long line of earth
works and bags filled with earth, pierced with
eight embrasures, mounting ten pound Parrott
guns.    Soldiers were yet at work on it.  Beyond,
across a broken open space, was a rebel redoubt,
at 450 yards distance, with thick woods to
the right.    Peeping through the embrasures with
due caution, one could see everything with curious
distinctness.       Remounting our horses (left
in the rear) we rode back, meeting Wallington
by the way.   Through the woods, finding
soldiers returning from fatigue duty in the trench-
es.     We were skirting the line of the enemy s works
in woods where a good many shells had exploded 
that afternoon; one burst near Riley s camp,
wouding a man.       But for accidental guidance
we might have ridden right into the rebel entrench-
ments, as it was a shell or two assured us
of our hazardous propinquity.   Left Sinclair
with the 105th Penn and got back to Heich-
holds.       A letter conveyed to me by the Tribune
pub publisher from Fortress Monroe.    From my
mother, enclosed by Haney.        Sarah Ann Bol-
ton staying at our house, ill with some internal
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Ayres' Battery.
Subject:Bolton, Sarah Ann; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Heichhold, A.P.; McElrath, Thomson; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 105th; Riley, Colonel; Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Sinclair; Wallington
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.