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                To Sumner s Corps.
sed a railroad, new in operation by our
troops, to convey men, artillery etc from the
White house to as far as we had control of
it.  The whizz of its engines sounded like
a welcome to us; a sign of civilization.  Fur-
ther on we came to an abandoned church
by the roadside, a little, clean, white edifice,
looking very lonely in the Sunday afternoon.
Here we voted a halt and I brought out a
chair and sat in it on the grass outside.  On
again, munching what biscuit we had.  Met
and passed soldiers, with interchange of chaff
about mule, whom Hall rode alternately
with myself when he got tired, I trudging
beside him.  Into a camp again, past
Gen Sumner s headquarters.  By 4 P.M.
came up to Berdan s camp, where we found
the redoubtable colonel convalescent again,
Ripley, Weston and others.  From Ripley
we learnt that Aiken had either been sent
back to Washington by the military authori-
ties or returned thither of his own option.
(Indeed afterwards I got a letter from
him at headquarters, urging me to write
a letter or two to Forney s  Press , for
the payment of which he, Aiken, would be
responsible.)  Berdan presently had visitors,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page eighteen
Description:Regarding travel to and arrival at General Sumner's Headquarters.
Date:1862-05-25
Subject:Aiken, Captain; Berdan, Hiram; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Railroad; Ripley, Lieutenant-Colonel; Weston, Dr.
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.