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	  From Yorktown towards
denoted the former locality of the tents.     In
the immense field beyond, once so populous, it
was strange to mark the contrast, one saw no
tents, except over at the headquarters, of the command-
er in  chief; he, of course, had not stirred.           Ar-
rived at our former quarters, Skilton s tent
had disappeared, his regiment having march-
ed onwards: we found strangers in possession
of the grounds.    Happily Heichhold was there
and accorded us his usual hospitality.       Sat
up till 2, writing to the Tribune, the rain
  5.  Monday.}       pouring down furiously, on
the log roof, then, feeling dead beat, got a few
hours sleep.      In the morning scribbling again,
two more letters, with dispatches &c to the
Tribune, also got Heichhold to write a letter,
(which wasn t printed.)    Hall at work drawing.
He made me a bit of a plan of Yorktown, which
Alf Waud had promised to do.       By 2 o clock
the rain had moderated, when I got to horse
and set of with Heichhold, tidings having
already reached us of a fight before Williams-
burg.      The country looked wild and deso-
late beyond conception, the roads were muddy
and full of puddles.        We rode pretty fast
and entered Yorktown, which Heichhold saw for
the first time.      Saying goodbye to him, in the
town, I rode off in the track of the army.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Regarding his last day at Yorktown.
Date:1862-05-04
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heichhold, A.P.; Journalism; McClellan, George B.; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Skilton, Julius A.; Waud, Alfred
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.