In the death of Brig.-Gen Alex.
Hays on Thursday, the country has sustained an irre-
parable loss. Knowing nothing akin to fear, his intre-
pidity to battle was never exceeded by any hero, ancient
or modern. He died beneath the Stars and Stripes, and
under a streamer attached, bearing the inscription,
My God and my Country.
Principal Landing and Road to Yorktown, Gloucester
Col. Alexander Hays, of
the 63rd Penn.
(Killed May 12, 1864.)
Col. Riley, of the 40th
New York, or Mozart Regiment.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and ninety-five|
|Description:||Includes three photographs, showing Yorktown, Alexander Hays, and Colonel Riley.|
|Subject:||Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hays, Alexander; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd; Riley, Colonel; Siege of Yorktown (Va.)|
|Coverage (City/State):||Yorktown, [Virginia]|
|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.|