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		At Atkinson s.
up a  minstrel  company, extemporized from
street performers and itinerant loafers of
Galveston, Texas, through which state and
others, Jerome had led his queer troupe, with
pecuniary success.   Furthermore he wrote songs
of more than average ability, sang them, and
was extremely social in his habits; taking
to me a good deal and I reciprocating it.
The fellows laughed at the young giant But-
ler, declaring, however, that he was very plucky.
Our commons improved materially by the
party, we messed rather jollily than other-
wise, in spite of the weather.      Towards the
afternoon, a quartermaster of some New
York regiment appeared, seeking lodgings
for two damp and disconsolate women, who
were loo accommodated up stairs, old At-
kinson giving up his room to them and slep
sleeping below, with us.      The Signal Corps
had established a telegraph station on the top
of a barn; indoors they played poker and
drank and smoked.
  16.  Friday.   The weather clearing up,
but the roads impassable with mud.  A stroll
to the bank of the Pamunkey with Hall, after
dinner.    Returning, discovered an old copy of
 Sandford and Merton  in the house and read
it through for the sake of old, boyish, recol-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and forty-three
Description:Describes his time spent in Atkinson's house.
Date:1862-05-15
Subject:Atkinson; Books and reading; Butler, Lieutenant; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Jerome, Lieutenant; Military; 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.