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	Edge arrives.     An Artillery Duel.
Aiken arrived and together we sat conversing
in front of the church hospital, during the sul-
try afternoon, he wanting me to undertake the
writing of certain letters to the Philadelphia Press,
Forney s paper.     Aiken leaving, Brigham came.
Writing to the Tribune and to Gay in the eve-
ning.
  3.  Saturday.   Appearance of Edge, from
Ship Point, he having arrived with the Jersey
Brigade, recently commanded by Gen. Kearney. En-
tertained Edge and, in the afternoon, took him up
to Heintzelman s, then to Berdan s   the latter
away.      The Sharpshooter s Camp had been ren-
dered very picturesque, by avenues of fir trees,
and arches of the same.     Off, crossing Worms-
ley s creek I succeeding in getting my horse over
a broken foot bridge.   As the guns were banging
away to the right, we made what speed we could
to Farenholds and there found a pretty artil-
lery duel in progress between the Connecticut ar-
gunners in charge of Battery No 1. and the re-
bel Water Battery, below the steep bank of York-
town.   When the Parrott hundred pounders went
off they made a startling concussion in the upper
chambers of the deserted house; you might have
thought that one side of it had been blown down. The
rebel gunnery was not effective; it only succeeded
in putting shells over the house into the field beyond;
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Regarding the arrival of reporter Frederick Edge at Yorktown.
Date:1862-05-02
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Berdan, Hiram; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Edge, Frederick; Gay, Sidney H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Journalism; Kearny, Philip; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); United States Sharpshooters Regiment, 1st
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.