out at mid-day, intent on getting a supply of
ink and changing a $20 bill, both of which
I effected, partly through Cobb, Sinclair s rela-
tive. Falling in with some doctors, visited the
interior of the Court-house, in use as a hospital.
Introduced, at another place, to a young rebel
lieutenant, a prisoner, very much lionized by his
entertainers. At dusk turned out in search
of Wilkeson, going first to Heintzelman s.
The general sat at the threshold and was good
enough to send a boy upstairs to make inquiry
for the Tribune editor, being apprehensive that
I might meditate a lodging in his house! Fail-
ing to find Wilkeson, I went to the telegraph
office, recently seized by the U. S. authorities,
and there found young Nichols operating. He
invited me to coffee and after spending a weary
hour in the office, principally lying down, I went
with him to his tent and partook of the promised
beverage with biscuit, procured after some delay.
Revived a little and went back to quarters,
finding Colston there, writing by a bit of tallow
candle, adhering to the table from its own grease.
He had seen Wilkeson and arranged matters
with him about to morrow. Scribbling; among
other matters the letter inserted on page 173.
Both Colston and myself kept at work till
9. Friday.} 2 in the morning, and then
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and twenty-two|
|Description:||Regarding his day spent in Williamsburg.|
|Subject:||Civil War; Cobb; Colston; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Journalism; Military; Nichols (soldier); Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Sinclair; Wilkeson, Samuel|
|Coverage (City/State):||Williamsburg, [Virginia]|
|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.|