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	        On the march again.
slept the deep sleep of exhaustion, on a mat-
rass resembling a mere bag, for there was no-
thing, or next to nothing in it, hence our anatomy
and the  slats  of the bedstead were continually
quarrelling.         Rising at daybreak we got
breakfast, after which I went to Heintzel-
man s in search of Wilkeson (pasing General
Hunks by the way.)    A good deal of bustle
consequent by the resumption of the march  on-
wards to Richmond.        Recovered my comb (a
bad article to want, in campaigning) from the
deserted attic, then back to quarters, meeting
Heicchold by the way, and conveying him thither.
Waiting for Wilkeson, as agreed upon.         He
appeared in an hours time, previous to which
the friendly Pennsylvanian left us.  A good
dinner, partaken of in the rear porch, the day
being hot, the meal comprising fresh fish,
ham and vegetables.        Then the three Tribune
correspondents with Hall the artist got to horse and rode on with
the advancing army.      Wilkeson was troubled about
a big carpet-bag which he carried painfully on 
the pommel of his saddle and presently recog-
nizing one Van Wyck, a councilman, or assembly-
man or something of the sort, appertaining to New
York, seceded from us, joined him, and we
saw him no more.       Anon I was hailed by
Mellon, now on Kearney s staff.   Steady, rapid
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and twenty-three
Description:Regarding the beginning of the march of the Army of the Potomac from Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-09
Subject:Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heichhold, A.P.; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Marches (U.S. Army); Mellon; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Van Wyck; Wilkeson, Samuel
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.