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	         Scenes and Sights
our tent, when we were obliged to turn out.
Then followed the dreary lighting of a fire in the
raw chilly morning, and the imperfect cooking of
some of the rawer ham, brought from the house
at Williamsburg, which appetizing meal we ate
with indigestible dough-cake, as an accompaniment.
That over we repaired to a neighbouring gully, for
a wash at a spring, there being many soldiers
doing the like.  Then to horse and another day s 
ride.         Hot sunlight, pine woods, here and
there an irregular open space, not unlike that
in which Fort Magruder was situated: a long,
narrow line of marching men.   The slackened
telegraph wire indicated that we were on the main
road to Richmond.      At midday we halted at
a house occupied by an old woman and three young
ones, attended upon by a smart, good looking
mulatto girl, who was evidently in a state of
high glee at the arrival of  the Yankees.   Here we
found Whittemore and another reporter whose
name I forget.          The old woman was mortally
apprehensive about a horse she owned being stolen
and complained of having sufferend from both armies.
With her was a heavy, thick set man, introduced
as her son; his name Timberlake.      We got some
or our bacon cooked and coffee prepared by the
mulatto girl, drinking the latter without milk or
sugar.      The old woman drank a cup or two, de-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and twenty-six
Description:Regarding events during the march of the Army of the Potomac from Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-10
Subject:African Americans; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Slaves; Timberlake; Whittemore; Women
Coverage (City/State):[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.