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[newspaper clipping]
  Among those who have fallen for the Union, none
ranked higher for unselfish patriotism or reckless dar-
ing than Gen. Hays.  Assigned to the command of a
division into the Army of the Potomac during the Gettys-
burg campaign, and coming to it just subsequent to the
departure of its old and beloved commander, Gen.
Hays, by his sublime courage, immediately won the
respect, love and confidence of his men.  By his  boys 
he was likened to the stormy petrel, for in the storm of
battle, when the very air seemed hot from the attrition
of the missiles of death hurtling through it, mounted on
his prancing war-horse and in his jolliest mood, was
Hays waving his sword, shouting defiance to the
enemy and encouraging his men.  And so he fell in the
Wilderness, dying as he lived, a brave soldier and an

[Gunn s handwriting]
Trib.  Dec 1864
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Partial newspaper clipping regarding the death of General Alex Hays.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hays, Alexander; Military; New York tribune.
Scan Date:2010-06-17


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.