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                   At Gen. Davidson s.
I was so weak that, rising to go out in the
night, I stumbled and lay with my face in the
dirt for some minutes, before I could muster
strength to get up again.
    29.  Thursday.  Felt very ill still, head-
achy, sick and miserable.  I had conversed
with some good natured doctors overnight who
wanted to have me tarry with the division, and
advised my applying to Gen. Davidson for per-
mission.  I found him a very gentlemanly young
Virginian and got a civil denial on grounds
that rather did him honor.  He said that he
thought that the whole system on which the
army-correspondence was done was mischievous
and partial, there being an inevitable tendency
on the part of a correspondent to blow the trum-
pet for those who awarded him hospitality;
that he knew of flagrant missrepresentations
in consequence.  I couldn t help agreeing with
his sentiments.  Weary and heartsick, I was
sitting outside a tent, to avoid the intolerable
heat within, when a young fellow, belonging
to the camp came up and learning my condition
warmly urged me to go to the adjacent camp
of the 7th Maine, to which he belonged, assuring
me that I might depend on its hospitality   
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page thirty-one
Description:Regarding Gunn's illness, and a polite denial of hospitality by General Davidson.
Subject:Civil War; Davidson, John W.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Maine Infantry Regiment, 7th; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.)
Coverage (City/State):[Virginia]
Scan Date:2010-09-10


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.