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	Camping with Berdan s men.

[newspaper clipping continued]
they neglected to fence it, to his intended loss and
injury.  Their very overseers hired at $300 a year
and their feed treated the people like dogs, on the
testimony of not one or two, but every poor white I
have talked with.
  Said one to me,  They hate us worse kind,
Sir worse than their niggers; and it s mighty hard
work to git along, I tell you.  We never have no
money  cept a shil n or two to buy a jug of comm n
liquor.   Then, concerning a rich neighbor, a viru-
lent Secessionist:  He s a big man; says he ll shoot
any Yankee as comes on his land.  He had a boy as
went down to Gloucester to see the sojers; well, the
doctor jest had him flogged nigh within an inch of
his life, and then sent him off up Richmond way. 
When I suggested that in the event of  the doctor 
exhibiting any of his feudal proclivities toward our
soldiers he would probably be flogged himself, my
informant absolutely seemed aghast at the impiety
of the presumption.
  A scrap of news.  Yesterday, two of our gunboats
and the steamer Seth Lowe, with part of Ayres s
Battery on board, went up the Pamunkey for a dis-
tance of 25 miles, causing the firing and abandon-
ment of sundry Rebel small craft, among them two
steamers and a propeller.  Our vessels returned in
safety at dusk.
  The army is under marching orders for to-morrow.
		               

[Gunn s diary continued]
			its colonel an invalid
			at Toler s house, Cum-
			berland landing.    Hall
			and I were, however,
			received in friendly sort
			by Lieut-col Ripley,
			and stayed all night.
			During our morning s 
			meanderings, in search
			of the Post-Office, we
			had found Edge; who
			was still faithful to the
Jersey Brigade and omniscient as ever.   Al-
ways behindhand, both in the march and in
scribbling, he sat under a tent with its
skirts raised all round for coolness   the
weather being intensely hot   and talked in-
sufferable rot about the position of the army
and Mc Clellan.
  18.  Sunday.   Off to the White House
and hither and thither, making miscellaneous
calls.      The sun broiling hot.     Back to-
wards evening to Ripley s tent, where we
fed on unpleasant  canned  meats, a in
company with him, another officer, and a
selfish, silent odl dog of a chaplain, whom
I offended by mistaking him for a physician;
(being misled by his title of  Doctor) and
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes spending the night at the camp of Colonel Berdan's sharpshooters.
Date:1862-05-17
Subject:Berdan, Hiram; Civil War; Edge, Frederick; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Journalism; McClellan, George B.; Military; New York tribune.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Ripley, Lieutenant-Colonel; Seth Lowe (Ship); Toler; United States Sharpshooters Regiment, 1st
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.