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               North Carolinian prisoners.
Carolinians, lean, lank, stooping figure, nar-
row across their shoulders, their complexions
and tattered dress of an undescribably, sun-
baked dust color.  Not one wore anything ap-
proaching to a uniform, though you might dis-
cover a worn shoulder strap or rusty button.
Very many were bare footed, some bare headed,
others covered with torn felt hats or broken
straw ones.  So pitiful was their aspect that
the blue-coated federal soldiers assembled on
the banks on either side of the road to marvel
at them.   Them fellows soldiers?  was the
general remake :  they don t look like it.    You
should have seen them fight, though !  respond-
ed the troopers, who had been in the action.
I rode among the prisoners and conversed with
them.  They were simple, country fellows, very
civil, very tired and very hungry, some had
had nothing to eat but a stray biscuit for
three days : our fellows gave them food.  Their
phisiognomy was entirely unlike the Northern
type, akin to their comrades whom I had
seen at Williamsurg, but les objectionable.
One could not help contrasting their physique
with the sturdy fellows common enough   Though
not universal   in the Northern ranks.  Yet
these Carolinians had fought, as the cavalry-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page twenty-nine
Description:Describes the appearance of Confederate prisoners of war from North Carolina.
Date:1862-05-28
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate)
Coverage (City/State):Williamsburg, [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.