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		Brig-Gen. Hooker.
gave us a friendly reception and invited us to
share his dinner, an exceedingly good one, served
under canvas.    Talcott, a newspaper corres-
pondent, I forget for what journal, and Lum-
ley the artist, partook of it also.    The day was
a beautiful
one, the sky
cloudless, the
sun hot.     Hook-
er spoke very 
freely and bit-
erly of his ha-
ving been left
unsupported
to bear the brunt
of the fight
against heavy
odds, using
a sentence he,
three days

[photograph]
	Brigadier-General Hooker
afterwards Major-General and Commander in chief of the
	 Army of the Potomac. 

[Gunn s diary continued]
					afterwards, em-
					bodied in his
					official report
					of the battle;
					this:     His-
					tory will not be
					believed when
					it is told that
					the noble officers
					and men of my
					division were
					permitted to
					carry on this
					unequal struggle
					from morning
until night unaided, in the presence of more than
30,000 of their comrades with arms in their hands. 
The General evidently considered Sumner to blame
in a minor degree, Mc Clellan in the major.
 He s no soldier!  he said, indignantly, of the
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes a visit with General Joseph Hooker.
Date:1862-05-07
Subject:Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hooker, Joseph; Lumley; McClellan, George B.; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Sumner, Edwin V.; Talcott
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.