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	On the Pamunkey River.
which contained some few articles of furni-
ture cotemporary with the great American,
one a table on which it is said that he ate his
wedding breakfast.   But the most attractive
objects to our eyes were the beds; however we
couldn t be allowed to sleep there, nor would
the overseer be tempted to accommodate us for

[photograph]
		The White House,
Ex-residence of General Lee, of the Confederate Army,
on the site of an house occupied by Washington and his wife.

[Gunn s diary continued]
the night, pleading lack of room in his house.
So we continued our stroll along the line of
cliff, by the negro-houses, their many inmates eye-
ing us curiously.   Going down to the beach of the
beautiful river we found a little party of hand-
somely dressed naval officers, belonging to a steam-
er, to which they were about putting-off in a boat.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and thirty-six
Description:Regarding General Robert E. Lee's house, the ''White House.''
Date:1862-05-12
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lee, Robert E.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Slaves; 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.