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           Incidents: Hospital Scenes, &c.
vered on the corpse of a slain enemy a pho-
tograph of its owner, doubtless the young fel-
low was proud of his appearance in a lieutenant s
uniform, and kept the copy from innocent vanity.
Exhibiting it in Williamsburg, and inquiring who
the original might have been, the Union soldier
actually shewed it to the girl to whom the dead
lieutenant had been engaged as a lover.     She
swooned away and was half distracted.       Anon
with Hall to Riley s and the Mozart regiment.
In his tent, talking with him, being presently
joined by Skilton and Holman, each on horseback.
The doctor bored me a good deal about an opera-
tion he had recently performed, the amputating a
man s arm at the shoulder-joint, and in the
hopes of getting additional names of the wounded,
I consented to ride with him to several huts
occupied as hospitals.    They were miserable
shanties, hardly shelters from the weather, and
the poor wounded men lay on blankets on the floor,
looking sad but patient enough.     Union soldier
and rebel lay side by side.        Some exhibited
bloody stumps where arms or legs had been; I
saw sickening spectacles in every direction.  Present-
ly I got rid of Skilton and Holman, and with
Hall rode to the battle field, visiting the head
quarters of General Hooker, who was encamp-
ed on the verge of the wood, and who, as usual,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes visiting makeshift hospitals in huts at Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-07
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Holman, Frank; Hooker, Joseph; Hospitals; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Physicians and surgeons; Riley, Colonel; Skilton, Julius A.
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.