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	  At New Kent Court-House.
other states, especially the Texans and Louisiana-
ians.      The poor couple had nothing to sell, or
to eat.          Riding onwards towards the front.
Advised not to go further   but persisted.        Got
to New Kent Court-House, a rather prettyish
place, the walls of a building recently used as
a granary still smoking, its contents having
been fired by the rebels before their retreat.  Found
certain of the Signal corps in possession of a little
house, who proved very jolly fellows.    These
were Lieutenants Daniels   whom I had met
before with Alf Waud   and Paine.    There
had been a skirmish at Slaterville yesterday
and we obtained particulars of it.     In the
little dismantled house were found a great
number of love letters, written by a Miss
Nannie B. Mocock to a Mr Telemachus Taylor
who subsequently became her husband; a very
desirable result one would infer far from the
warmth of the sentiment expressed it was evi-
dent that the youg lady wanted marriage very
badly.     The soldiers read some of the more im-
passioned parts aloud, laughing at and burlesque-
ing them.      The couple had lived in the house,
but the husband was now a lieutenant in a
rebel cavalry regiment; I think he had taken
part in the recent skirmish.    The Signal Corps
fellows gave us a jolly supper and then we de-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Regarding events during the march of the Army of the Potomac from Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-10
Subject:Civil War; Daniels, Lieutenant; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Mocock, Nannie B.; Paine, Lieutenant; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Taylor, Telemachus; United States Army, Signal Corps; Waud, Alfred
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.