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                 In search of Quarters :
men said  like h_l : it was pluck and
ignorant, simple-souled devotion to their cause
inspired them.  Arrived at McClellan s
headquarters, they all squatted or lay down
on the grass, as if tired out and quite indif-
ferent to anything but their present plight,
and, a most picturesque crowd; were photo-
graphed all together.  After getting some
news, going to the telegraph office and else-
where, Whittemore and I rode off again;
I feeling very hot, exhausted, sick and hun-
gry.  To the headquarters of Gen. Franklin,
then those of Gen. Davidson, in front of
a neat house occupied as a hospital, while
the tents of the General and his officers were
pitched on the grass, on either side of the
gravel walk leading to the tenement.  Here I
was fortunate enough to get an offer of hospi-
tality from a good-natured assistant-adju-
tant named Long, and Whittemore rode
off.  I really felt very ill, but after getting
some supper, and some whiskey and opium,
to temporarily check my diarrhaeh, I lay
on my stomach under a tent and wrote a
not very lengthy letter to the Tribune, and
then lay down on the blanket prepared for
me in the tent of the assistant adjutant.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page thirty
Description:Regarding his arrival at the camp of General Davidson.
Date:1862-05-28
Subject:Civil War; Davidson, John W.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Long (Assistant-Adjutant General); Medicine; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Whittemore
Coverage (City/State):[Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

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.