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                       A. C. Hills.
into the army, I think in Baker s unfortu-
nate California regiment which was so badly
cut up at Ball s Bluff, at which disaster,
however, Hills was not present.  He served
throughout the Peninsula campaign and, as
Godwin told me, wrote  quite insolent  letters
to the Post in contradiction to its disbelief in
Mc Clellan, subsequently hating him with
all his capacity.   Hills suffered so severely
from privations and sickness that he declared
he must have died, if he had not got away
from the army in Virginia by the exer-
cise of a little diplomacy   getting himself ap-
pointed on somebody s staff, or something; of
the kind.   He spoke of Mc Clellan with ex-
ceeding bitterness, describing how the General
had ridden down, among the men, in a
band-boxy get-up, looking so fresh and trim
and well-clad, while the soldiers lay in the 
mud, gaunt with famine and fever.     This
on the Fourth of July, I think at Harrison s
Landing.        I could have shot him!  said
Hills.      The feeling was in part personal,
for Hills was an innate egotist with the
keenest appreciation of his own interest: hence
his first falling-in with the popular current
setting in favor of Mc Clellan.   He wrote
with fluency; was an able reporter and had
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page eighty-one
Description:Describes journalist A. C. Hills.
Date:1862-12-04
Subject:Civil War; Godwin, Park; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Journalism; McClellan, George B.; Military; New York evening post.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
Scan Date:2010-11-16

 

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.