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          With Lowe s  Balloon- Corps:
Gaining the road we set first Lumley the
artist, then Whittemore, who were going on
ahead for a few miles to Lowe s balloon
corps, encamped in the immediate vicinity of
the rebels.  They persuaded us to accompany
them.  Whittemore was mounted on a big white
horse, very handsome to look at, but afflicted
with a bad sore on his back, I, of course,
bestrode my  muell,  and the others trudged,
Hall displaying more dissatisfaction and
ill temper than I had witnessed in him
before   and no wonder for the muddy road
was horrible.  Striking down a lane to the
left, after a ride of some distance, we passed
a cavalry encampment, of the regiment to which
Clif Thomson belonged.  Here we stopped at
a roadside tent, where I begged some corn-
cobs for my beast.  On and on ; at last reach-
ing the encampment of the balloon corps, in
a grove of trees, near a house.  Here we got
a welcome and a meal and I fed the mule.
Then we slept in a tent, on the ground, some
four of five of us, not too comfortably.  It
was a beautiful, solemn, tranquil night
overhead, we rather uneasy, for the enemy
was so near us that the balloon fellows would 
have shifted their quarters, had they not been
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page twenty-six
Description:Regarding Hall's increasing dissatisfaction, and the arrival at the encampment of T.S.C. Lowe's balloon corps.
Date:1862-05-27
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Lumley; Marches (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Thomson, Clif; United States, Army of the Potomac, Balloon Corps; Whittemore
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.