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               A  letter from  Gay  
our friends, but did not accompany them,
the rain being tremendous, long streams of
water descending as from a shower-bath,
the earth a sea of soft mud.  So we let our
hosts depart and napped again till 7.  The
orderly then got us breakfast and we sat
or lay under canvas anticipating a heavy
fight ahead and listening to the rain.  By 11 the
day began to clear, when I wrote a letter
to Hannah and scored up diary which had
got in arrear, then went into the wood to
my mule and begged some hay for him  
saddling him, I mounted and with Hall
trudging by my side sought the Richmond
road and McClellan s headquarters.
The roads in a horrible condition after
the rain of course, and poor Hall mise-
rable.  At the post office we found letters,
two for me, more for Hall.  One of mine
was from Gay, dated on the 19th and
suggesting that I should go to Fredericks-
burg to take the place of a correspondent
who had just left there, where I might
live under a roof and recruit a little.
As I felt better than when I had solicited
a release, and the date of the letter was
eight days back, I resolved to remain
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page twenty-three
Description:Regarding a letter from Sidney H. Gay, offering Gunn a post at Fredericksburg.
Date:1862-05-27
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Civil War; Gay, Sidney H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
Coverage (City/State):Fredericksburg, 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.