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	Wells; a storm: Gen Hooker.
soldiers.     After about 4 miles journey, came
up to the encampment of the 1st Mass, and in-
quiring after Lieut. Col Wells, found that he
was acting as colonel to the 26th Penn, in
an adjacent field.     Went ot him.  The regi-
ment had been a singularly unlucky one, the
men hadn t been paid, the officers had quarrel-
led, the late colonel had returned home, leaving
his command almost demoralized; and this
state of things Wells was trying to rectify.  He
had heard nothing of Alf Waud since Wil-
liamsburg.   Returned to the 1st Mass for
dinner, and the colonel s mess, with the officers.
Talcott there.       A rush back to the Pennsyl-
vania regiment, in a violent rain-storm, which
presently became startling, from its fury, com-
prizing hail-stones of the size of an average
walnut.   In the colonel s tent, which we found
occupied by a churlish adjutant, who mended
his manners on the appearance of Welles.  The
camp literally flooded by the rain and hail.
A doze on the ground, in tent.     Off again,
on the road.    Half a mile or so brought us
to General Hooker s headquarters, in a grand-
looking wood, on its outskirts, hard by the high-
way.    As he sat at his tent-door we went and
spoke to him, being received with his usual
courtesy.     He was evidently dissatisfied with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and fifty-four
Description:Regarding a conversation with Lieutenant-Colonel Wells.
Date:1862-05-22
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hooker, Joseph; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 1st; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 26th; Talcott; Waud, Alfred; Wells, Lieutenant Colonel
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.