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         The Fire-Zouaves at Williamsburg-
camp for their Knapsacks, they started
with Three crackers each and marched till
midnight, camping (near the church at
the turning where I went astray) in their
shelter-tents, remaining there till day break,
  They reached the battle-field by 10, getting
orders to join the fight, to the right of the
road, among the stumps, at noon.  Hooker,
they said, had two horses shot under him.
Their colonel exhorted them to remember
Bull Run (where the regiment was said to
have disgraced itself by arrant cowardice  
fully redeemed, however, at Williamsburg);
and they fought promiscously with their
muskets and fists among the fallen trees.
Two enemies grappling over a stump, strug-
gled till the New Yorker struck the Southerner
a stunning blow between the eyes, subse-
quently bayonetting him.  In another instance
two men killed each other simultaneously,
with the same weapons.  The regiment quit-
ted the field at 4, the Colonel with the
bottom of his opera-glass shot off, the Lieut-
enant-Colonel wounded and a prisoner.
  All the Zouaves praised Sickles, their Bri-
gadier-General.    Colston arriving, after
breakfast, we set off again on the always
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page six
Description:Describes the New York 73rd regiment at the battle of Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-23
Subject:Battle of Bull Run, First (Va.); Battle of Williamsburg (Va.); Civil War; Colston; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hooker, Joseph; Military; New York Infantry Regiment, 73rd; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Sickles, Daniel Edgar
Coverage (City/State):[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.