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          A Mc Clellan		Prisoners at
	     Partisan.	          Heintzelman s.
curious to observe the current feeling, while
it was hot.         Meeting officers we knew, I wait-
ed awhile while Edge withdrew with an acquaint-
ance of his, and, sitting on horseback was an
edified witness of the behavior of a certain major
of  regulars  who strode up and down in front
of his tent, gazed upon by his juniors, uttering
a sort of soliloquy, eulogistic of Mc Clellan.  If
the G_d d____d abolitionists and black republicans
said a word against George B. Mc Clellan now, 
he said,  after this (as though it were a great
victory)  he was for hanging every G_d d____d
one of them!     The fellow was trying to bully
himself and others into the belief that the thing was
a triumph, not a reproach and a humiliation.
Quitting Edge, I gallopped off to Heintzelman s,
which I found a scene of great bustle.       Ater
a bit of talk with the General (who delivered
himself of nothing in particular, but was perfectly
sanguine of the speedy defeat of the enemy and cap-
ture of Richmond) a couple of rebel prisoners
were brought in and questioned by him, in a
sufficiently snappish and churlish manner.
One was a tall, sunburnt Irishman, in a dusty
gray suit, with a coarse blanket strapped be-
hind him, anoher an ex-sailor.    Heintzelman
talked to the men as though they were malefactors.
  Mc Keever and Johnson were unusually ani-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Regarding witnessing the questioning of two Confederate prisoners by General Heintzelman.
Date:1862-05-04
Subject:Civil War; Edge, Frederick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Johnson (military officer); McClellan, George B.; McKeever, Chauncey; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); 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.