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	         A Deserted Home.
the state of things, speaking with contempt
of Mc Clellan, setting the men to  digging
again    and adding that this wasn t an
army   it used  spades, not bayonets!   We
should see long trench ahead, he told us.
Leaving him we kept on, apprehensive of
more rain and desirous of shelter.    Reached
the camp of the 6th New Jersey, found Col-
ston and were invited to supper by the cap-
tain with whom he lived.   Colston also produc-
ed a bottle of whisket.        Presently, to a
house, formerly belonging to a widow, who
had resided in it with two or three daughters,
but fled to Richmond on the approach of the
army.    The tenement was deserted, only a coup-
le of N. Y. Fire-Zouaves being on guard, who
were glad of our company.       The furniture,
beds, books &c were all there, and I found
a drawer full of innocent girlish letters, which
made me sad to think of the flight of the 
poor people.    The widow s name was, I be-
lieve, Crump.        It was pitiful to be tramp-
ing through the quiet rooms in our big, muddy
boots, amid so many silent witnesses of home
life.          However our reflections didn t deter
us from slumber, which we enjoyed luxurious-
ly in separate beds.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and fifty-five
Description:Regarding sleeping in a deserted house on the way to Richmond.
Subject:Civil War; Colston; Crump, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hooker, Joseph; McClellan, George B.; Military; New Jersey Infantry Regiment, 6th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Women
Coverage (City/State):[Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-06-17


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.