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    The Night of the Battle of Williamsburg.
I was an officer?  by others disposed to ques-
tion my right to shelter, but always referring to
the General s permission, I remained undisturbed
and slept the deep sleep of fatigue and damp-
ness, except when I woke to look about me
at the crowded room and the forms of the re-
cumbent or sitting officers, seen by the flicker-
ing light of the fire.          I must say I felt
devoutly thankful to God for having obtained
shelter, for such a night out of doors would
have been horrible.   For the rest of my sensa-
tions, I had a profound source of my utter help-
lessness as to my danger that might be impend-
ing   a sort of quiet fatalism.    And so, with
my drenched coat over me, the portmanteau
ordinarily buckled behind my saddle beneath my
hedd, my long, gauntlet, leather gloves stiffening
into board-like hardness behind, I lay: and
so the night waned.       All the rest of the re-
porters, barring the Herald men, slept in
the cellar below.
  6.  Tuesday.   Up betimes, of course.   Fo-
raging after breakfast with but indifferent
success both for self and horse.   Found Wilkes-
on in the cellar, who disparaged Brigham,
who had disparaged him previously on every
possible occasion.   The latter asserted that the
former was utterly inefficient as a director:
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred
Description:Describes spending the night in ''Adam's House'' with generals and military officers at Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-05
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; New York herald.; 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.