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      Adams  house  on the Night of the
named Adams, a civil Virginian of middle
age, with long dark hair and a shaven mouth
and chin; his family had taken refuge in the
upper part of the house, the ascent to which,
(with its suggestion of beds and fires) looked
tempting.       The man got me a cup of coffee,
cold, milkless and unsweetened, which was,
nevertheless very welcome.  While drinking it
I saw some of the family, young women, not
ill looking, with scared, half-defiant faces.  Going
below, found a fire blazing, of which I had
the distant benefit; it being surrounded by a
crowd of generals, majors and captains, pro-
minent among whom, in an arm chair, sat old
Sumner.         Presently an invitation reached him
from the adjoining room, to partake of hot whiskey
and water with Gen. Mc Clellan   in whose
room, by the way, were a couple of Herald
reporters, cooking up a fulsome account of
the days battle, full of lies and adulation to
the  young Napoleon.   Very soon I lay down
on the hard floor, in the most unassuming corner
I could find, and with my drenched coat
over me, and my valise for a pillow, lay
watching the scene.  The fire was kept up, the
negroes spread blankets for the officers, some
of whom reclined in chairs.        Three or four
times I was addressed, with the inquiry whether
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and ninety-six
Description:Describes spending the night in ''Adam's House'' with generals and military officers at Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-05
Subject:Adams (Virginia); Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; McClellan, George B.; Military; New York herald.; 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.