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	The Battle of Williamsburg.
Very soon down came the deluging rain, wet-
ting me through my rascally india-rubber over-
coat, which was, however, some protection.
I was accompanying a marching army, now
and then addressing inquiries to ascertain if
I knew any of the regiments as I rode past.
The mud was often over my horses knees;
hence the condition of the men may be imagined.
So I rode for ten miles, passing Mc Clellan,
who was, I think, travelling in an ambulance,
certainly some well-covered vehicle.  (He had
been fetched by the Prince de Joinville   urged
to come   and didn t reach the vicinity of the
battle until it was virtually over.)      My desire
was to join Heintzelman s corps; but getting
astray and being misdirected, I found myself
away to the extreme right.  Now the roads were
bordered by soldiers, sitting or lying on the muddy
earth, some sheltering themselves ineffie^|cie|ntly by
the fences, others lighting fires, which blew about
wildly in the wind and rain.      From the left came
the intermittent booming of cannon, sometimes
loud and continuous, and the sound of musketry;
and soon the shells began to fly over the road,
into the field beyond, apparently a jumble of
soldiers, artillery, caissons and military parapher-
nalia, all seen through the drenching rain, which
was merciless.   My principal apprehension was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and eighty-six
Description:Describes the Battle of Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-05
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Joinville, Francois-Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Marie d'Orleans, prince de; McClellan, George B.; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
Coverage (City/State):Williamsburg, [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.