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		The ride back
vered my animal, whom we presently captured.
Enormously relieved, Hall and I induced the
negro to convey us to where we might get a meal,
Wilkeson having gone off.    He took us to an
old fashioned house, in the basement of which some
cold meats were presently set forth, by a rather
comely negress, from an adjacent shanty, who
waited upon us and told us of her recent master
and his guests, who had supped there on the
previous night.    Evening appearing Hall and I,
who had imprudently left all our traps behind,
resolived to return to the old camp for the night,
and to follow the march of the army next day.
So, first visiting a hut where I procured a
rebel pike, about eight feet long, similar to
one carried by Hall   there were some scores,
and had been some hundreds of them in the place,
and, near it s door, was buried a torpedo   we
we set out, keeping carefully towards the sides
of the road, in pursuance of a caution given to
me by the negro.     Everything looked wild
and strange and dreary as we pursued our
darknening and devious path, the huge trenches
yawning like graves, the deserted rebel tents
flapping in the night wind and rain   most of
them being slashed and rent by their former in-
mates, that they might be useless.      I daresay
that Hall and I looked rather like Quixote
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and eighty-three
Description:Regarding the recovery of his missing horse and having a meal of cold meats at a house in Yorktown.
Date:1862-05-04
Subject:African Americans; Books and reading; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Horses; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slaves; Wilkeson, Samuel
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.