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	On the March for Richmond.
claring that she hadn t tasted any for six months
or more.   The young women had retired to one
of the inner or upper rooms, but presenting reappear-
ed, one of them, having adorned herself with clean
white cotton stockings, shoes and sandals.      None
of them were pretty, but youngish and therefore
not disagreable.     I established a rudimentar
flirtation with one, and presently asked her whet-
her she had not supposed that the Yankees would
have done dreadful things to her and her compan-
ions?    Yes,  she said;  a body couldn t hear of
such without being frightened some!      Dey said
de Yankees would carry  em off and marry  em, 
added the yellow girl   decidedly the handsomest
of the party    I tole  em it was all stuff an 
nonsense: de Yankees hab pretty ladies of dere
own, to home!      In fact the girls had all ex-
pected a much worse fate than matrimony.
General Hancock passing, I got a protection
paper written by him for the old woman, and
then we resumed our ride.         Another house,
near Slatersville, the poor white, its owner,
and his miserable wife having been despoiled
of all they had, but one horse, whom we advi-
sed their putting into the stable, the parlor   any-
place with a lock on it.       These people had been 
pillaged by their own army; the Virginian troops
behaved well, they said, but not those from the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Regarding events during the march of the Army of the Potomac from Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-10
Subject:African Americans; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hancock, Winfield Scott; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Slaves; Women
Coverage (City/State):Slaterville, 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.