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	          On The Road
detestable road, bordered by a thick growth
of pines and varieties of white oak.  We
passed though sundry ravines and plenty
of puddles, some of them quite flooding the
road; which looked wild enough and had
been beaten out of all shape by the rains
and the footsteps of marching soldiers.  There
were bodies of dead horses, horribly swollen
lying in it, which ours were averse to pass.
  Our progress was not rapid, in consequence
of it Hall s bad plight.        -    ; he trudged a-
long most painfully, protesting against any
increase of speed; we paused occasionally, in
tendernes to him.  By noon we called a
halt at a farm-house by the road-side,
guarded by some soldiers of the 75th Mass.,
where, after an hours delay, we got a meal
of the usual corn-bread and pork order,
at the usual price of fifty cents each.  Here
Colston resolved to return to his Jersey friend
to write a letter of items extracted from the
75th Mass., also to look after that carpet-
bag.  Hall and I determined to keep on.
we presently met Chaplain Marks of the
63rd Penn., and had a talk with him;
a good, honest clergyman, promt to do
his duties and more.  Hall trudged on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page seven
Description:Regarding road travel after the Battle of Williamsburg.
Date:1862-05-23
Subject:Civil War; Colston; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Marks, Chaplain; Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 75th; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 63rd
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.