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	        The Morning after
a  slaverer  and a humbug generally   it
is not unlikely that he desired to supplant him, in
his position on the Tribune; I know he wrote again
him to Gay.       Now I don t think that Wilkeson
was precisely the man for his place, but I am e-
qually sure that he was much more unselfish than
the shrewd, exacting Brigham, who attempted to
do the masterful towards me, once or twice, never
succeeding.   Wilkeson, on the contrary, was always
kind and considerative, as I proved on many
occasions.   At present, he was  mired,  having
lost his horse, and in consequence, became incapa-
ble of proceeding.   I got a breakfast for both
of us, by sheer luck, meeting a lieutenant of a
regiment I knew, who conveyed me to a shed
where a stout negro-wench was busily cooking
corn-cake, the centre of a group of soldiers, all
eager to purchase, projecting their quarter and
half dollars towards her.   Obtaining one and a
piece of fat, uncooked ham, I took both back to
the cellar, where we toasted the meat, not too effec-
tually, at a smouldering log in the fire-place, and
ate it, with the cake.   Then I obtained the ^|a| bucket
and wading down a muddy declivity beyond what
had been a yard in the rear of the house, after
wanting my turn amid a crowd of soldiers, returned
with the vessel half-full of dirty water, a portion
of which we drank, and washed in the remainder.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and two
Description:Regarding his experiences the morning after the Battle of Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-06
Subject:African Americans; Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Food; Gay, Sidney H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); 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.