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	From New Kent Court-House
reconnoisance, with trophies captured from the
enemy.     We made our bed under the canopy of
heaven, sleeping on a buffalo skin, placed on the
dead, dry pine leaves   a fragrant couch and
as pleasant a one as I ever experienced.     I
forgot to mention that Whittemore and Painter
joined us at New Kent Court-House, and
with Colston and Hall shared our bivouac.  Col-
ston, by the way, possessed a prodigious bowie
knife, a trophy captured from the rebels, which
  in order to have it handy I suppose   he in-
variably kept at the bottom of his corpulent
carpet bag, an article that appeared and dis-
appeared, according to his obtaining facilities of
transportation for it, or not.               The enemy
was, in all probability, occupying the woods and
the whole country about us, nevertheless we slept
soundly and were undisturbed.
  11.  Sunday.   A good breakfast and a
wash, then to horse and New Kent Court-
House, to the ex-residence of Lieut Telemachus Taylor
of the C. S.  There found a sack full of wheat
and, very injudiciously, allowed my unfortunate
horse to eat as much of it as he liked.          Then
finishing Tribune letter (which appeared but
of which I retain no copy) on a ricketty table
in front of the little house; some of the 1st
Rhode Island boys being on guard.  Colston
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and thirty
Description:Regarding events during the march of the Army of the Potomac from Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-10
Subject:Civil War; Colston; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Horses; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; New York tribune.; Painter; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Rhode Island Infantry Regiment, 1st; Taylor, Telemachus; Whittemore
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.