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       Atkinson s house on the Pamunkey.
to it and there found it a wooden tenement,
rather superior to the common run of Virginia
houses; its owner an old-looking man of 66 very
much bothered by the soldiers, who were there.
Applying to him, we got permission to put up our
animals and to enter the house, where I got to
bed and stayed there all the rest of the day,
waking up occasionally to listen to the prattle 
of poor old Atkinson, who proved a good type
of his class, the unlettered, uninformed Virginian
of the last generation.    He was very much scared
at the soldiers, said that all his negroes had
run off except the women, children and an  old
man,  who was  only an expense.   Hall drew a
little, but the responsibility of attending to
our host s garrulousness fell mostly on me.
  14.  Wednesday.   A very wet day.        Ill,
with burning headache and extreme pains in the
limbs.     Hall off to post drawings at Mc Clel-
lan s Headquarters, now at Cumberland
landing, returning from which he reported
the river alive with boats and steamers, the 
country with the advancing army.   He met Fred.
W. Cozzens of the  Sparrowgrass  papers there.
During Hall s absence, I dined alone, meagerly
enough, with Atkinson.   Afterwards, I was
lying on the bed, when their strode into the room
a strapping young fellow, 6 feet 4 inches in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and forty
Description:Regarding his stay overnight at the house of a man named Atkinson.
Date:1862-05-13
Subject:African Americans; Atkinson; Civil War; Cozzens, Fred S.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Slaves
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.