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       Recrossing the Chickahominy  ,
and Sneedon, who sat in a wagon look-
ing forth on the miry confusion.  A fight
with my mule, the mud being up to his
knees.  Crossed the Chickahominy by
Batten s Bridge, of which Hall made a
sketch, then retraced our steps for a mile
or more to the house where we had encounter-
ed Capt. Blanchard   Then Keyes  more
recently Heintzelman s headquarters.  Here
we found the 3rd Pennsylvania cavalry
encamped and sought our Bement and
Wallington, principally in the hope of get-
ting dinner.  But they had had theirs
and two hours waiting produced nothing,
so off we set again, faint and savage,
feeling the failure of our involuntary men-
dicancy in more than one sense.  Hall
had been plagued with diarrhah, which
my opinion pills checked at length.  Our
road now lay off to the left, following
a telegraph-wire through the deep green
woods looking beautiful in the afternoon s
sunlight.  It was very hot, a handker-
chief wetted in a little stream that for
some distance ran by the road side, soon
dried on being placed between the crown
of my hat and head.  Presently we cros-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page seventeen
Description:Regarding crossing the Chickahominy, the heat, and the search for dinner.
Date:1862-05-25
Subject:Bement, Major; Blanchard, Captain; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Marches (U.S. Army); Medicine; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, 3rd; Sneedon; Wallington
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.