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                      A talk with
This I resolved to do, after a visit to the
house and a look at the prisoners.  On the
balcony over the porch I found a Virginian
lad, with a face like that of a horse, and
a bandage tied round his head, where he
had been wounded in the Mechanicsville fight.
He was civil but conceited and ignorant, a
native of the peninsula.  After talking with
him for some time, I entered one of the rooms,
where lay some half dozen wounded prisoners,
in beds or blankets made up on the floor.
Some of them were ghastly sights, others, less
hurt, sat up and conversed.  I did one or
two little offices for them and we talked.  Jud-
ging from my speech that I was not an Ame-
rican and learning my nationality, they ex-
pressed themselves very friendly, justifying se-
cession after the usual manner.  One, a
Louisianian, with his rough, light hair brist-
long about his forehead was bumptious and
disposed to be insulting; he lay with a
bullet-hole through his foot, which had been
accommodated with a sort of trough.  Another,
an Irishman from New Orleans, who had
not been naturalized, he said, was very
anxious to know whether he could be kept
prisoner by the Yankees, in defiance, he
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page thirty-two
Description:Regarding a visit with the confederate prisoners at General Davidson's camp.
Date:1862-05-29
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate)
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.