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	Heintzelman s Headquarters after
man s staff coming and going, prompting
him and attributing all of the glory (?) of the re-
cent battle to their cranky old chief, who sat
on the stoop, wrapped up in his shabby old cloak
and a little less arbitrary and ill-conditioned
than usual.     I am sure that all Wilkeson s
eulogies of him ought to be admitted only with an
immense discount, and believe that Phil Kear-
ney s estimate of Heintzelman, in the afterwards
famous  Pet  Halsted letter to be substantial-
ly correct.        Wilkeson, again and again, has
told me that he wrote thus  to pay a tavern-
bill    in other words to discharge the grudging
hospitality accorded him by Heintzelman,
generally adding  And that s how history is
written.     He seemed utterly unaware of any
cause for self-reproach in this.         The man in-
deed was naturally approbative; prone to over-
do everything.      The old general really grud-
ged us the temporary accommodation of a room
to write in (shared by his staff), and a table
to write on.    However we were invited to sup-
per, in a  large, cheerless basement room,
where a plain meal was provided, Heintzel-
man sitting at the head of the table, and I,
as it chanced, in a fusty old chair with a
loose carpet seat, which I had noticed as belong-
ing to the General, and as accompanying him
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and nine
Description:Regarding General Heintzelman.
Date:1862-05-06
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Journalism; Kearny, Philip; 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.