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		The Day after
companied me almost to the battle-field, pre
vious to which I fell in with the deaf old doctor
of the 1st Mass. who, in consequence of his in-
firmity, wasn t a very agreeable companion.
After exploring the battle-field, as stated, I visit-
ed the prisoners, conversing with many of them,
principally North Carolinians.   I would have
given a good prize for a photograph of those
faces and figures; I never saw anything so 
striking and peculiar in my life.  The counte-
nances were sun-baked, the clothes almost de-
void of color, the whole effect extraordinary.
One officer told me that his mother was an
Englishman; all were anxious that their names
(as survivors of regiments) should appear in
print.      I got, also, plenty of names from our
troops, of  casualties.          Riding, at length,
to Williamsburg, I sought out Heintzelman s
headquarters, in a spacious wooden house,
near to that occupied by Mc Clellan.   Here I
found the old  Dutchman,  his staff and Wil-
keson, to whom I gave assurance of the safety
of his horse; upon which he almost embraced me
and invited me to share the best dinner that
the best hotel in Richmond could furnish   when
we got there   nothing doubting that possibility.
He was busy enough, scribbling in a parlor,
one of the letters I have inserted; Heintzel-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and seven
Description:Regarding his experiences the day after the Battle of Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-06
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Eph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 1st; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); 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.