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	           In Williamsburg.
Yorktown, in company with a heavy carpet-
bag (which proved a dreadful nuisance to him
subsequently) he got snubbed and insulted by
Moses, insomuch that he took indignant refuge
with Brigham.         I had introduced him, to
Woodward, who introduced him to a horse, the
recent property of an officer killed in battle,
which animal, I think, Colston bought; anyway
he soon got mounted.   Brigham welcomed me
and gave me breakfast in the shape of some
ham, corn-cake and coffee, the remains of
the meal of the two correspondents.  Very soon
they both went off, leaing me to my own devices
and the undisputed possession of the house.  Ramb-
led through it: old-fashioned four-post bed-steads
and fireplacves, tables, chairs and other furni-
ture, books, maps, a print or two, a rebel
officers diary in pencil, the matter half oblitera-
ted, law-deeds, some cooking utensils and a
great heap of  kilikinick  smoking tobacco, on a table.
To scribbling all day, feeling wretchedly sick,
nervous and diarrh ish.    Got a meal in the
middle of the day from a negro-woman, living in
an outhouse in the rear, with other ex-slaves of
the family, I finding the material.       Presently
Brigham returned, bustling and excited.       He
was going to join Hancock immediately, who
would march to-morrow, at day-break.     I went
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes a house in Williamsburg temporarily occupied by reporter Brigham.
Date:1862-05-08
Subject:Brigham, William T.; Civil War; Colston; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hancock, Winfield Scott; Military; Moses, Captain; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Woodward (military officer)
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.