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   Night at Gen. Keyes  Headquarters.
quarters, a mean-looking house, which the
General did not propose to occupy but merely
the space in front of it, where his tents were to
be pitched.  We saw him on the stoop presently
when, after a few minutes conversation, he gave
me a handful of crackers, saying that he would
sup on the same.  After partaking of these I
went in search of a drink of water, obtaining a
churlish refusal from a teamster, but succeed-
ing on asking an officer, who supplied me from
his canteen.  The scene was very picturesque, the
glare of the camp-fires illuminating the tents,
the cannon, the faces, the and the wild
country.  I sat on the pole of a wagon, or ra-
ther of our ambulance, munching on my crackers,
looking at all this and thinking of Chacombe.
Presently Hall found me, bringing a cup of cof-
fee, a gift from our teamster.  Our supper
dispatched, we turned in and slept in the
ambulance, the teamster and Hall above, I
below, my valise for pilow, my india-rubber
coat for a blanket.
      24. Saturday.  Raised by day break, by
a rough voice commanding all to  Turn Out. 
obeyed accordingly and fed mule by shucking
corn-cobs in my hat, then went in quest of
a breakfast for Hall and self.  Refused by
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page nine
Description:Regarding his arrival at the headquarters of General Keyes.
Date:1862-05-23
Subject:Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Keyes, Erasmus D.; 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.