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	     On the March again to
asking him for some opium pills to stop my
diarrh h, which troubled me worse than
ever.   By night we lay on the rank, frowzy
grass, which smelt disagreeably.   This evening,
Berdan s men, in common with many other
regiments got orders to march on the morrow.
  19.  Monday.   Up before daybreak; more
diarrh h, a ride to the Post Office, to and
about the White House landing, then, by the
horrible road towards New Kent Court House,
accompanying the marching regiments, the cannon,
the horses, mules and army impedimenta.      In
the woods, met Anderson of the Herald, who
looked trim enough, who had been back to
New York and returned to the scene of action.
Parted soon.       My mule obstinately slow,
could only get him to go a decent page by obli-
ging Hall to go ahead and by surreptitious-
ly stimulating his horse by a touch with the
stick; Hall himself had a dread of rapid
locomotion.   The road wild and woody, pas-
sing through ravines.    Near New Kent Court
House met Skilton and learnt that the Penn-
sylvania 105th was near at hand.     Found
it and Heichhold, in a woody lane.    By
this time the day, which had threatened rain
all the morning had fulfilled its threat, the
water descending like a small deluge, heavy
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and forty-seven
Description:Regarding the march of the Army of the Potomac towards Richmond.
Date:1862-05-18
Subject:Anderson (reporter); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heichhold, A.P.; Horses; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 105th; Skilton, Julius A.; 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.