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	    General Lee s House
prepared by his wife.    Then on again, at
a wretched pace.   A halt during the heat 
of the day in a clover-field, where our horses
fed and we dozed.       On again.    Found a
regiment of 6th cavalry-men regulars; a talk
with them.      Arrived, at length, at the White
House, standing on the site of that possessed
by Mrs Custis Washington, and the scene of
Washington s early married life.  It and the
houses, and negro-cabins appertaining to it form-
ed quite a village, all standing on the high
banks of the beautiful Pamunkey.  Nothing could
be more lovely or peaceful than the scene, under
the afternoon sun, as we approached it.        The
forces of the adjacent fields were undisturbed,
the crops of goodly promise, the greensward
in front of the neat wooden tenement 
			resembled
an English lawn.             In front of the house
we found a 6th cavalry man and the ex-over-
seer of the plantation, a fellow with a villanous
face, who when the place had been occupied by
Kerins and a handful of troopers (who sat in
their saddles all night) had tried to sneak off
and bring the enemy upon them.  The man s 
name was Jedda, or something like it.     After
some demur he showed us through the house,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and thirty-four
Description:Regarding General Robert E. Lee's house, the ''White House.''
Date:1862-05-12
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Kerins, Lieutenant; Lee, Robert E.; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); United States Army Cavalry Regiment, 6th; Washington, George; Washington, Martha
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.