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    Babbage, Osgood.    A Letter from Heichhold.
             The story of the 105th Penn. Vols.
from our Charleston friend Babbage.    He was
in Paris and is in England.       Osgood, too, the
Jerseyman, the assitant of the jolly Morris in
the saw mill, turned up in New York some weeks
back, after a year and a half of vicissitudes in
Dixie, during which he was compelled to enlist
in the Confederate Army.  He deserted at Rich-
mond.     (I saw two columns about him in a
newspaper some time back, not identifying him
as an acquaintance.)      He had experience of Dodge s
villany at Charleston and was saved from the
Vigilance Committee by Woodward.
  8.  Wednesday.   A letter from Heichhold, 
dated Brookville, Jefferson Co. Pa.  Hearty
greetings, reminiscences of  Yorktown, the old church,
the log-huts, the swamps, the sick and the dead,
the frugal meals in the little hut, the clapper-jaw-
ed horse,  (mine) and much more.   Heichhold
stuck to his regiment bravely and here s the sum-
mary of it.  When I left, it mustered about 900 
men.    At Fairoaks only half of those who went
into the battle came out.      On the night of the 27th
the fought and  through all those dreadful seven
days, the 105th  Penn,  did its share.    Returned 
to the Potomac, three companies were taken
prisoners, while guarding the Orange and Alex-
andria railroad.          At Kettle Run, at Bull
Run and Chantilly it saw more or less active
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page twenty-four
Description:Describes news of George Babbage and Dr. Heicchold received from letters.
Date:1862-10-07
Subject:Babbage, George; Battle of Fair Oaks (Va.); Civil War; Dodge, W.E.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heichhold, A.P.; Military; Morris (Charleston); Osgood, Frank; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 105th; Vigilance committees; Woodward (Charleston)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Charleston, [South Carolina]; Richmond, [Virginia]; Brookville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania; Yorktown, [Virginia]; Paris, [France]; England
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.