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         Bivouacking with the Signal Corps.
bated as to the advisability of remaining in
the house all night.   But as the enemy occu-
pied the woods all around and as a skir-
mish during the night was likely enough, we
resolved to remove to the margin of some pine
woods, about a quarter of a mile to the rear,
a highly picturesque spot where we camped
for the night.     These very woods were in the
section of the country over which, three centuries
ago, roamed Pocahontas, the gentle  belle sau-
vage  and he rfather Powhatan.          Our compa-
nions were perfectly easy at the prospect of a
night-attack even by cavalry, declaring that a
few rockets, discharged into the midst of an
advancing troop would empty a saddle or two
and produce such a panic among the horses
that the riders might be easily discomfited.
I fully credited this when I saw some of the
formidable rockets go flaring and hissing up
into the calm firmament, which was studded
with countless stars of a brightness and brillian-
cy only seen in the South.            After pitching
our tents and doing an hours scribbling, for
the benefit of the Tribune, I turned in and
slept with hearty Paine who had taken a great
fancy to me.     He was, indeed, the  excited young
fellow mentioned on page 72, as riding up to
Fitz John Porter, on the day of the Big Bethel
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Regarding events during the march of the Army of the Potomac from Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-10
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; New York tribune.; Paine, Lieutenant; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Porter, Fitz-John; United States Army, Signal Corps
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.