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		The Morning after
Most of the reporters had scattered before; but
the house and its environs was, of course, crowded
by soldiers.      Parting with Wilkeson I got to
horse and set out for the battle-field.            My ride
and what I saw is detailed in the printed letters,
omitting mere personal details.  In the road to
the right I presently came upon the young fellows
attached to Heintzelman s; Sneedon, Nichols and
Nevins, from the latter of whom I got news of
the whereabouts of Wilkeson s horse.  The lad had
seen the animal, knew who had him.       Dismount-
ing I got him to take my horse and to ride back
to inform Wilkeson, I meanwhile tarrying and
sharing a meal of beef, broiled on a fire by the
roadside.    It tasted good enough to a hungry
man, thought it was cut from a very un-butcher-
like lump, apparently hewed out of the carcase
with an axe.   We lay in a little copse, beside the
road, a mere channel of mud, all the time oc-
cupied by marching soldiers.   The sun was very
hot.        Saw Dr Rogers.         Nevins delayed some
time; hence directly he returned I mounted
and was off again.    My ride is in the letter.  In
one of the negro-cabins alluded to I found old Dr
Berry, who gave me the names of those within,
lying wounded, some of whom I visited.     And
riding through the pines I was accosted by
 Eph,  Dr Skilton s negro-boy, who ac-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and four
Description:Regarding his experiences the morning after the Battle of Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-06
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Berry, Dr.; Civil War; Eph; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Military; Nevins; Nichols (soldier); Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rogers, Dr.; Skilton, Julius A.; Sneedon; 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.