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      Williamsburg under military occupation.
prospect of trees, greensward and houses, lit
up by the bright May sunshine.   In the room
were a number of girls schoolbooks, and a 
 rebel  life of Jackson, who killed Ellsworth, ex-
tolling the man in the highest degree.     Got some
breakfast below, alone, then turned out, on horse-
back and had a look at Williamsburg, an
old Virginian city, of some interest.   The mud
lay thick in the streets, despite the sunshine, sol-
diers were everywhere, except in the houses, which
had been put under scrupulous guard; such of
the inhabitants as chose remaining unmolested.
Presently met Hall, mounted on Bement s horse.
He had come on in company with Col. Hays and
the 73rd Penn, which regiment we set off to
visit together, meeting Brigham by the way,
and being simultaneously hailed on one side of
the street by Skilton and on the other by
Stedman.       The latter had just come on from
Washington to  do up  the recent attle for the
World, he beckoned me across the muddy street
and invented a few frivolous inquiries, ending in
a request for a cigar or a light for one   I for-
get which.    Dropped him and with Hall, ex-
plored the way to the camping-ground of the 38th
N. Y.       Talk of the fight with the soldiers, who
had done their share of it.         One told me an
anecdote: a private of their regiment had disco-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes Williamsburg under occupation by Union forces.
Date:1862-05-07
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Bement, Major; Books and reading; Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Ellsworth, E.E.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Hays, Colonel; Jackson, James W.; Journalism; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 38th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 73rd; Skilton, Julius A.; Stedman, Edmund Clarence
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.