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	    Off for  the White House. 
a drawing for Frank Leslie s.     Subsequently
retired to Timberlake s store, intending to sleep
there in the abandoned shop, on a big sail, belong-
ing to some little sloop which had floated on the
adjacent river.    But there were so many blocks
and chains and hard ropes lying beneath it that
it formed a most uncomfortable bed, and though
I was horribly tired and hungry, I could not
get to sleep.     So after an hour or so of trying,
I walked over the hill to Daniel s tent and turn-
ed in with him till morning.
  12.  Monday.   Return to Timberlakes, a
wash all over and breakfast.  Scoring up diary:
Hall drawing; Colston writing.       The day lovely,
the Pamunkey looking beautiful.  Colston having
finished his letter modestly proposed that I should
go off and mail it for him, doing it himself, when
I emphatically declined.   A visit from Lieut
Kerins of the 6th cavalry, regulars.    Colston
back.    To horse, all three of us by 11; parted
with Colston at the sign-post before alluded to;
Hall and I taking the road to Richmond, via
the White House, the ex-residence of Lee, the rebel
general.      The day was terribly hot, my horse
almost foundered in consequence of his yesterday s
indulgence in wheat; he could hardly walk, and
that in the slowest manner.     Halting soon, we
got a humble meal at the cottage of an Indian,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and thirty-three
Description:Regarding his journey to the ''White House'' in Virginia, ex-residence of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Date:1862-05-11
Subject:Civil War; Colston; Daniels, Lieutenant; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Horses; Kerins, Lieutenant; Lee, Robert E.; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); United States Army Cavalry Regiment, 6th
Coverage (City/State):[Cumberland Landing, 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.