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	          In a clover-field.
and being unable to do better, we bivouacked
in the cloer, which was as wet with the heavy
dew as if it had been rained upon.    Placing
my india-rubber overcoat beneath us   which
scantily accommodated two persons   and Hall s
blanket over us, with my portmanteau for a pil-
low, there we lay, among the troopers and their
horses, the hoofs of one of the latter crushing my
hat during the night.  Many of the men sat
in their saddles; for the camp fires of the enemy
were plainly discernible, on the hill at not half
a mile s distance.      A new company of our ca-
valry reinforced us towards morning.
Good fellows were these troopers generally, but
very savage about the death of one of their num-
ber in a recent skirmish at Slatersville.
The rebels, having taken him prisoner, had to re-
treat, when they put a musket or pistol to the
poor fellow s head and blew out his brains.
This was told to his comrades by the Slaters-
ville people.   The troopers   some of them   swore
they wouldn t give quarter in future.
  13.  Tuesday.   A wash in a little spring
crossing the road, and a breakfast on coffee
and crackers with the troopers.   Anon to the
White House, and visiting my horse found the
poor beast s condition worse than ever.   So, bor-
rowing Hall s, I left its temporary owner sketch-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Regarding spending the night in a clover field with Hall.
Date:1862-05-12
Subject:Civil War; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
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.