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                  A Night at Peck s.
Those of his staff was an old captain named
Titus who very kindly, and at the expense
of some pains mended the broken bridle of my
mule.  The rain ceasing, I mounted and
rode back to Keyes  Headquarters, the roads
being in an inconvievable condition.  Previous
to my departure I was presented with a bottle-
ful of whiskey, in a stone, Scotch ale bottle,
with a vinagar-cork stopper.  Visiting both
Gen. Keyes and Couch, I got particulars of
a recent skirmish, with list of killed and woun-
ded and wrote my letter, leaving it with the 
former General for forwarding, then accepting his in-
vitation to a meal of beans.  Then I rode
back, feeling miserable enough.  Meeting some
of the Signal Corps encamped by the road-
side I learned that Jerome was sick, that
poor old Atkinson was in a peck of troubles.
Regaining Peck s headquarters after dark,
I found the officers crowding round the fire,
others playing cards; Wilkeson approbative
and friendly.  We all very soon tuned in
for the night, Wilkeson and I occupying
the bedstead and mattress.  It didn t make
a comfortable sleeping-place, for the head-
part was depressed, the ticking torn and
ill-fitted, hence, in spite of my fatigue, I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page twelve
Description:Regarding trips back and forth between Peck's and Keyes' headquarters, and nighttime accommodations at Peck's headquarters.
Date:1862-05-24
Subject:Atkinson; Civil War; Couch, Darius Nash; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jerome, Lieutenant; Journalism; Keyes, Erasmus D.; Military; Peck, John J.; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Titus, Captain; United States Army, Signal Corps; Wilkeson, Samuel
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.