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	Purchase of a mule.       Ill.
ing and rode off, amid the soldiers, trying to
buy another horse.    At last succeeded in find-
ing a negro boy, the attendant of a quartermaster
who had captured a mule after the battle of
Williamsburg which he was willing to sell for
$2,,50.            Paying it, I, with some difficulty,
got both animals back to the White House stables
  for the mule broke his rotten halter once, and
finally I had to dismount and lead both him
and the horse.   Removed saddle and bridle from
my poor brute s back to that of the more enduring
but less noble animal; paid a visit with Hall
to the dairy maid s house, now thronged by sol-
diers, then off to certain of the Signal Corps,
whom we found lying in a field.     There were
Lieutenants Daniels, Paine, Gloskowski and
others.     The day wore on, the sun was mer-
cilessly hot, and with pain and weariness in
every limb, I began to feel as if I was about
to experience a sunstroke.    So Hall and I set
off to try and find a house and retraced our
yesterday s path for about three miles, all of
which were trodden by advancing soldiers.
I shall never forget the fatigue of that ride;
I was dead-beat, utterly exhausted, in conse-
quence of last night s exposure.   Seeing a house,
at about half a mile s distance from the road,
in the direction of the Pamunkey, we rode
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Regarding purchasing a mule.
Date:1862-05-13
Subject:Civil War; Daniels, Lieutenant; Gloskowski, Lieutenant; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Horses; Military; Paine, Lieutenant; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); United States Army, Signal Corps
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.