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	Over The Chickahominy -

presently getting a temporary ride on some
ammunition wagons, for which privilege
he was too shy to ask.  In time we quitted
the woods and struck across the hot open to
a house of some pretentions which had, that
night, served as the head-quarters of Gen.
Keyes.  There were soldiers, artillery and
caissons, with other military parerphernalia,
all on the march for over the Chickahominy.
  Inquiring, we found our aquaintance Capt.
Blanchard, who offered us the accomoda-
tion of an ambulance, into which we got and after much
delay started, my mule being hitched
to the rear of the vehicle, which at first
broke his bridle.  The train went at good
speed, the drivers shouting, swearing and
plying their whips, the mules comforting
themselves after their nature, and my ani-
mal running behind as fast as his four
legs would carry him.  Up and down
we rattled, jolting horribly throughout the
long sultry afternoon, a caravan of at least
a mile s length, the road, as we approach-
ed the Chickahominy, becoming very pictu-
resque.  Crossing the little stream that
was hereafter to become famous, an hour
and a half brought us to Keyes  head-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page eight
Description:Regarding travel to the Chickahominy River on an ambulance.
Date:1862-05-23
Subject:Blanchard, Captain; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Horses; Keyes, Erasmus D.; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
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.