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              Gen. Peck s Headquarters.
and tumbled straw mattress, some broken
chairs, two cheap, painted New York litho-
graphs in coarse frames (one represented a
girl, I remember, which made me feel quite
amorous) a hideous pitcher of Southern manu-
facture, and of course, arms, saddles and
accoutrements.  Here we were recieved in freind-
ly sort by Wilkeson and Peck s staff.  Outside
the rain came down drenchingly, soaking horses
and men, and inducing my mule to break his
bridle, which he left hanging by the fence.  In
the midst of this storm an orderly rides up
with directions from Gen. Keyes for everybody
to get ready for a start, also news of a skir-
mish with the enemy, in which Keyes, Naglee
and Couch had been engaged.  Accordingly,
with much dissatisfaction we prepared for a
drenching, the rain seeming to increase in
violence every moment.  In the mess-room
I found one of the Anderson Zouaves who re-
collected my visit to his regiment when encamp
ed near New York, and had a talk with him.
He gave me a song of his composition, glorify-
ing his corps.  Dined with the General and
staff, there being happily a countermand of
the order for starting.  Peck appeared a
pleasant, well-bred young officer. Among
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page eleven
Description:Regarding arrival at General Peck's headquarters, the weather, and dinner with General Peck.
Date:1862-05-24
Subject:Civil War; Couch, Darius Nash; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keyes, Erasmus D.; Military; Naglee, Henry M.; New York Infantry Regiment, 62nd; Peck, John J.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Songs; Wilkeson, Samuel
Coverage (City/State):[Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

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.