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	Mc Clellan and Sumner s Head-
          Quarters on the night of Williamsburg battle.
and Wilkeson were either on the premises or
shortly expeted there.    Presently I found them,
also Aiken, looking sodden with rain and exhaust-
ed; with them, other correspondents, all at work
in a sort of cellar with a brick floor, looking
as cheerless as might be.   They of course
knew that a fight had occurred, but were en-
tirely unaware of its extent and gravity.  They
were all hungry, having eaten nothing since morn-
ing, or near it.      As I had seen nothing of
the battle, I was absolved from reportorial duty,
and went to see about my horse.     The soldier
who, held him, a mere lad, was almost crying
from exhaustion and misery, he told me he came
from Michigan: I gave him a big cake of tobacco
and bade him be of good cheer, for I had as-
certained that we had licked the enemy, and told
him the sun would be out in the morning, and
all well.    Then I got Gen. Sumner s negro
to take charge of my horse.    By this time
Mc Clellan had arrived and assumed the room
on the right, opposite Sumner s as his head-
quarters.     There was a great shaking of hands
between the two generals and Sumner went into
his superior s (!) apartment.x     Subsequently I
got a chance to ask the old man s permission
to pass the night in his room, receiving an as-
sent.       The owner of the house was a man
  x Mc Clellan afterwards disgraced him.  See Kearny s letter, Page 185.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Regarding the headquarters of Generals McClellan and Sumner at Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-05
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Journalism; Kearny, Philip; McClellan, George B.; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Sumner, Edwin V.; Wilkeson, Samuel
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.