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		Into Yorktown.
mated and friendly this morning, in honor of
the advance   hurriedly packing up and designa-
ting articles to be cared for by the servants   in-
viting me to drink and the like.          Many of the
tents had already been struck; others were fal-
ling.   Presently I was addressed by Lathrop
the telegraphic operator who, in high spirits prof-
ferred his hand, with  Well, good by, Mr Gunn;
I m going on to Yorktown to open communication,
  I ve got the General s permission!         I bade
him farewell and getting to horse, followed
him in about half an hour.         For my ride
to Yorktown see the printed letter on the oppo-
site page.     The entrenchments looked huge enough,
and Yorktown itself, perched on high, impres-
sed me with an odd boyish reminescence of
Giant Despair s Castle in Pilgrim s Progress.
When I rode right into the vicinity of the
torpedoes, the soldiers scattered to the right and
left with an alarmed shout that I  should be
blown to h__l before I knew it,  pointing
out poor Lathrop, as an illustration of the
danger.     He was carried past on a stretcher,
and subsequently died at Yorktown.   The tor-
pedo that mutilated him had been buried in
the telegraph office, in Yorktown.  Rambling
in and about the place, of which an excellent
idea may be obtained from the accompanying
  x On the day after, at Washington (?) says the  Rebellion Record. 
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Regarding the death of Lathrop the telegraph operator from a torpedo at Yorktown.
Date:1862-05-04
Subject:Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johnson (military officer); Lathrop; McKeever, Chauncey; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); 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.