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that capacity also discharged the duties of war
correspondent at many of the engagements in
which the Army of the Potomac participated.
Two of his sons and six nephews fought in that
army.  His oldest son, Bayard, was killed in com-
mand of a battery of artillery at Gettysburg.
Some of Mr. Wilkeson s work on the field has
passed into history.  An idea of his forcible and
vivid style of writing may be obtained from a
single sentence from a letter written from the
front to combat the  On to Richmond!  cry that
was popular in certain quarters early in the war.
Keenly alive to the obstacles in the way of such
a movement, he wrote of the possibilities of it,
 And the looms that weave crape shall rattle in
pain for the dead that shall lie before Rich-
mond. 
  Mr. Wilkeson practically left the Tribune, at the
request of Jay Cooke, to assist in popularizing
the war loans of the government through the
newspapers and other channels of publicity.  His
success in that work induced Mr. Cooke to inter-
est him in the Northern Pacific enterprise at its
inception.  In company with W. Milnor Roberts,
the great engineer of his day, Mr. Wilkeson, then
upward of fifty years of age, prospected the entire
line of the road, and upon their joint reports the
work was undertaken.  He survived all the changes
in the management of the undertaking, and died,
as he had hoped to, virtually in its service, though
recently retired from active duty on full pay.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and seventy-four
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the life of Samuel Wilkeson.
Subject:Civil War; Cooke, Jay; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York tribune.; Roberts, W. Milnor; Wilkeson, Bayard; Wilkeson, Samuel
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.