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            Letter from Edward Greatbatch.
Gaines Mill on the 27th, came near being
 gobbled  at Malvern Hill, where it held the
woods on the left for two days, and finally succeed-
ed in reaching Harrison s landing,  pretty well used
up.      It suffered again at Bull Run the 2nd;
but only looked on at Antietam, being in the re-
serve.    It has now about 300 men left of the 
925 with which it joined the Army of the Poto-
mac.      Received a letter from Edward Great-
batch, or Bristol, as he always signs himself, da-
ted Camp Montgomery, near Corinth, Miss.    It
is written in the lad s usual artless, ill-spelt man-
ner and tells the story of his recent experience as a 
soldier.   His regiment was in the thickest of the
fight (on the third and fourth of this month) between
the rebel force headed by Price, Van Dorn, Villi-
pigue and Lovell, the union men being under command
of Rosencrans; the action ending in the  entire route 
of the former.     Of 300 of the 52 Illinois Volunteers
75 came out  casualties,  only 7 being severely woun-
ded, none killed.        Edward got a bullet sent into
his haversack.   His regiment joined in the pursuit,
 about 40 miles, towards Holly Springs  the way
being littered with baggage, wagons and caissons.
It  had a fight on the Hatchee River, which re-
sulted in the loss of many  (?Confederates.)   The
battle here was fought on the outskirts of the
town, of which, at one time, the enemy had part
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page thirty-eight
Description:Describes a letter received from Edward Greatbatch, in which he describes the Second Battle of Corinth.
Date:1862-10-24
Subject:Battle of Corinth, Second (Miss.); Civil War; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Illinois Infantry Regiment, 52nd; Lovell, Mansfield; Military; Price, Sterling; Rosecrans, W.S.; Van Dorn, Earl; Villepigue, John Bordenave; Winchester, S.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Corinth, Mississippi
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

Volume
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.