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		Discovery of the
though one burst in the water fronting the Bat-
ery.     On the upper pyramidal mound of the lat-
ter (shewn to the right of the top-photograph on
page 150) we had a capital view of the scene.
The shots were exchanged alternately.  We would
look on, through our field-glasses, until we dis-
cerned the counter-flash when we d jump down
behind the fascines until after the explosion.    A
small party of officers had collected as specta-
tors.    The Connecticut artillerymen had got the
range perfectly; I saw four of their shells ex-
plode over the embankment of the hostile battery,
which, indeed, they almost utterly demolished, as we
had a most unexpected opportunity of ascertaining
on the morrow.        Back, with Hall and Edge,
through the ex-rebel camp, to sup with Bement
at the Camp of the 6th Penn. cavalry.   Then to
our quarters, sending Edge to sleep over at the
house occupied by Dexter.    Writing letter to
the Tribune descriptive of the afternoon s doings.
All night long the enemy kept up an incessant
cannonading.
  4.  Sunday.   Rumor on rumor through-
out the camps that the rebels had evacuated York-
town   surprise   laughter   disgust    I told you
so s!  and a general feeling that we had been
badly  sold.   All our month s digging and dying
in the swamps, to produce such an anti-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Regarding reaction of the Union troops upon realizing the Confederate army had evacuated Yorktown overnight.
Date:1862-05-03
Subject:Bement, Major; Civil War; Dexter, Dr.; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Journalism; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, 6th; Siege of Yorktown (Va.)
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.