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                  Leaving Berdan s.
who, of course, came for drinks; among them
Hendricks.  Hall and I stayed to supper,
sitting afterwards by a camp-fire outside
one of the tents, all other sensations being
absorbed in that of warmth, discomfort and
boredom at Berdan s glorification of him-
self and his sharpshooters and depreciation
of other regiments, for which we was so
notorious as to have become a perfect bye-
word and joke among the correspondents.
The failing was almost universal, old
Hays being the only exception that I remem-
ber.  At length to sleep on the floor of
Berdan s tent, not too comfortable.
     26.  Monday.  Roused at 3. A. M. the
camp being under orders to march.  Dres-
ing in the dark before day-break; dreary,
weary work; another doze by the camp-
fire until near sunrise, the distant
spectral woods becoming cobalt under his
rays, which darted like veritable Phoebus 
arrows through the boughs of the pines, the
white oak and dogwood of the near forest,
a heavy dew, like rain, covering the grass.
Feeding the mule by shucking corn-cobs,
conserved in my haversac, in my hat;
then saddling him and on the road again.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page nineteen
Description:Regarding a night at Berdan's camp and the early morning sunlight.
Date:1862-05-25
Subject:Berdan, Hiram; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Hays, Alexander; Hendricks; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); United States Sharpshooters Regiment, 1st
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.