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	The Signal Corps at Atkinsons.
height, in the uniform of the Signal corps.
He was a Lieutenant Butler, and I recognized
him as an officer whom Hall and I had ridden
and conversed with on Sunday morning, when
on our way to Cumberland Landing.      Butler
questioned poor old Atkinson rather arbitrarily,
among other things demanding if he had any wine
in his house!           He was the precursor of half
a dozen more lieutenants (the highest rank at-
tainable in the Signal Corps) among whom was
Jerome, of sword-capturing celebrity, on the
day of the Big Bethel reconnoisance.   Talks
all round, from which it appeared that the
young fellows designed establishing a  signal
station there.     A meal, bettered by the coffee of
the new comers.    Out to see after animals.    Wrote
a letter to the Tribune, when all the fellows
were abed upstairs; Hall sharing mine, as
  15.  Thursday.   Negro boy making a
furnace of a fire, seemingly ten mintues after
I had dropped into unrefreshing sleep, disturb-
ed by harrassing dreams.    Very moist prospect
out of doors, soon determining into another rainy
day.    Wrote letters to Hannah, to my father
mother and to Haney.    The Signal Corps all
proved very hearty fellows, especially Jerome.
He was an Alabamian by birth and had seen.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and forty-one
Description:Regarding the arrival of the Signal Corps to Atkinson's house.
Subject:Atkinson; Bennett, Hannah; Butler, Lieutenant; Civil War; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Haney, Jesse; Jerome, Lieutenant; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); United States Army, Signal Corps
Coverage (City/State):[Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-06-17


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.