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	   New Kent Court-House.
and continuous.     The friendly Heichhold gave
me some physic and a dram, and presently
I was fain to lie down on the leaves by the 
road side, imperfectly sheltered by my India-
rubber overcoat, feeling very ill and exhaust-
ed.      But as the rain gave no signs of abating,
it wouldn t do to stop there, so I got wearily
into the saddle again and rode, with Hall,
to New Kent Court house.  Here we discovered
that old Heintzelman had taken up his quar-
ters in Taylor s little house, but didn t
go there, knowing we should get no welcome.
Finding at length a miserable attic, over a
stable, we the latter filled with soldiers, we
ascended to beneath the broken, sloping roof,
where we could only stand upright in the cen-
tre, and there amid bricks, rubbish, old
clothes and worse, slept till 3   P. M.
the rain descending in torrents on the roof.
Then, the weather abating, we resolved to try
and procure better quarters for the night,
and applying at the house of a Virginian named
Chandler, succeeded.    Desirous of finding
out the whereabouts of Wilkeson I presently
went to old Heintzelman who was ventilating
his meagre body at the portal of the house
of the ex-rebel lieutenant.        Directly he had
made a pretence of returning my salutation
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and forty-eight
Description:Regarding the march of the Army of the Potomac towards Richmond.
Date:1862-05-19
Subject:Chandler; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Heichhold, A.P.; Heintzelman, Samuel Peter; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Taylor, Telemachus; Wilkeson, Samuel
Coverage (City/State):New Kent, [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.