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	    Lodgings for the Night.
from Alexandria.     The temporary disar-
rangement of this venerable article of furni-
ture by me, as I sat down, seriously discom-
posed him; he got up, snuffed his dissatis-
faction and re-adjusted the chair with his own
warrior s hands.      The meal was discussed
with the accompaniment of talk about the recent
fight and much indirect adulation of Heintzel-
man.    Presently that hero discovered some
white moist sugar on the table and asked, with
much asperity, why it had been produced, say-
ing that brown was quite good enough for coffee!!!
This before guests and his staff: he, too, drawing
the pay of a Brigadier General.    After supper
Wilkeson got to work again, assigning me the
task of writing out the lists of killed and woun-
ded.    We labored till about an hour past
midnight and then acended to a roomy attic
in which a nephew of Heintzelman s and an old
captain were already reposing on a couple of mat-
trasses, each covered with his blanket.           There
were also mattrasses for us, and I, finding
an old bit of carpetting to cover me, slept sound-
ly, after a good wash all over, which not even
my fatigue could induce me to forego.
  7.  Wednesday.   It was a spacious attic
that I awoke in, with a  couple of windows, front
and rear, both looking out on a pleasantish
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and eleven
Description:Regarding his lodgings with Samuel Wilkeson at Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-06
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; 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.