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                       On the Road
A wash at a picturesque mill and talk with
the miller, who looked like Joe Scoville.  On
the war-path   wagons, teamsters and march-
ing troops.  Recognized Frank Amesbury among
the teamsters.  Alternate riding and tramping
with Hall; mud, puddles and execrable roads.
Past Mc Clellan s headquarters (at Cold Har-
bor, away to the left) and on the road.  To me-
chanicsville.  Met Deming, of the Associated
Press, who told us some news, among it that
Painter and Lumley had got into a scrape
about buying a stolen horse, and that the
former had been  sent home  in consequence;
which wasn t the fact, I think.  Discovered
Gen. Smith s Headquarters and, after much
difficulty Ayres  Battery.  By this time we
were very hungry and more than tired of trust-
ing to chance for food, hence I went to Capt.
Ayres and (according to Wilkeson s suggestion,
asked his permission to join his mess, of
course paying for it.  This he refused not
too civilly.  However we got a meal in a ne-
gro cabin, under military protest, and
then departed, morally shaking off the mud
of our shoes against the inhospitable camp.  A
weary mile or so back, and a doze in the
woods, in the dead leaves for half an hour.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page twenty
Description:Regarding inhospitable treatment at Captain Ayres' Battery.
Subject:Amesbury, Frank; Ayres, Romeyn Beck; Civil War; Deming; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Lumley; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Painter; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Wilkeson, Samuel
Coverage (City/State):Mechanicsville, [Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-07-17


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.