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May 1862.

  23. Friday   The house, like most of
Its kind, was a wooden-built one, two stories
In height, with a garden in front and rear,
rather prettily laid out, with roses and other
flowers growing in all the luxuriance of a
Virginia May.  Of the Twenty-Three negroes
owned by widow Crump, all had run away,
except Three old women and one man, who
dwelt at some huts, at a little distance, near
the stables, in which I had lodged my mule
after supplying him with an unusual allowance
of corn, securing him by pacing a detached
door over the entrance.  In the house, up-
stairs, the rooms communicated, with an
old-fashioned ascent or descent of a step
or two between each.  They contained plenty
of old furniture, as intimated, dusty mir-
rors and articles suggestive of country-
life, which set me thinking of Chacombre.
  The Zouaves in possession were full of the
story of their share of the battle of Williams-
burg, relating how they had been on picket-
duty on the morning of the evacuation of York-
town, how they raced with the Mozarters in
order to achieve the honor of planting the
Union flag in the works, how, returning to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page five
Description:Describes the Crump house.
Date:1862-05-23
Subject:African Americans; Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Crump, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 40th; New York Infantry Regiment, 73rd; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Slaves
Coverage (City/State):Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
Scan Date:2010-07-17

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; 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.