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       The night of [unclear words] battle.
concerning my horse: I feared he might get
mired irretreacably.      However I kept on, the
volleys of artillery sounding louder and louder.
Perceiving a battery in a field I asked its name,
found it was Ayres  and rode to it.     Under
a hastily pitched Sibley tent, I found the Cap-
tain and some of his partly, lying as if utterly
exhausted on the mud, or some straw, or
anything.     I got but a cold welcome:  I d
like to be able to say I m glad to see you, Mr.
Gunn,  said Ayres,  but the fact is, you had
better be anywhere than here, this night.    What s
the matter.    Why we are getting whipped like
h__l, that s all!             You may be in for a worse
business than Bull s Run!            A little start-
led at this, I resolved to push for headquar-
ters, where I knew I should get as accurate
news as was procurable.   So, through the
mud, the rain, the artillery, the standing or
lying soldiers, I made my way to a house
of the ordinary Virginia sort, and getting a
soldier to hold my horse, effected an en-
trance through the groups at the threshold,
by exhibiting my pass.    In a room to the
left I distinguished old Gen. Sumner, to whom
I had had come slight introduction previously,
I think from Brigham.         Addressing him, I
inquired after that person and found that he
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and ninety
Description:Describes his arrival at the camp of Captain Ayres at Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-05
Subject:Ayres, Romeyn Beck; Battle of Bull Run, First (Va.); Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Sumner, Edwin V.
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.