Lehigh University
The Vault at PfaffsAn Archive of Art and Literature by the Bohemians of Antebellum New York
Previous Issue Next Issue
Previous Page Next Page
0 matches
206
	   A supper: and bivouack
One of these addressing me, proved to be Fox
the ex-engraver, of Boston, once, I think, a
partner of Hayes, at least well known to him,
Damoreau and Alf Waud.  He apologized for
not inviting us on board, saying that the steamer
was very crowded.      Parting we strolled back
till near to the White House and in a little
declivity found a neat doury with a young
negress named Lavinia, who sold us some
milk.     Inquiring further, it appeared that if
we could wait for half an hour or more, she
could conduct us to her hut and provide us with
a good supper.      So applying to a rather stiff-
necked Major Williams of the U. S. regulars
  6th cavalry   we obtained permission to put
up our horses in one of the huge stables, empty
but for the animals of some of the officers.   The
dairymaid finishing her work, piloted us to her
hut, where in a most picturesque interior, after
considerable delay, we procured an excellent meal,
comprising shad, eggs, ham, coffee, pickles
and corn bread, for which I paid her a dollar
each.     A dark walk afterwards to the field
on which were the 6th cavalry   not encamped,
for they had nothing but their blankets.     Here
we found Whittemore and Painter.      A visit
to Gen Stoneman, whom we found preparing to
pass the night on a chair, authorized our stay,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Regarding his day spent near the ''White House,'' General Robert E. Lee's former residence.
Date:1862-05-12
Subject:African Americans; Civil War; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Food; Fox (engraver); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Lavinia; Military; Painter; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Stoneman, George; United States Army Cavalry Regiment, 6th; Waud, Alfred; Whittemore; Williams, Major
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.