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          Quigg -      A Thunderstorm  
ed of disloyalty, of representing no paper in
particular and more.  He had been arrested
at Fortress Monroe by old Gen. Wool, who,
it was said, had opened his letters and dis-
covered a complete roster, or list of the
regiments and their effective complement of
men, also Secession sentiments.  Quigg con-
fessed as much to me afterwards.  How
he got away from Wool I don t know, but
here he was, with the army, shunned by the
other reporters, and ostensibly writing letters
to the Times or to the World, not as authori-
zed correspondent to either, but to be paid
at so much for letter.  He had a great
liking for whiskey, too, and was a Virginian.
McQuade invited me to dinner.  Presently
there appeared one Macduff, Washington
correspondent of the Times, got up with cloak
and a pair of jingling Mexican spurs.  The
afternoon was horribly sultry and oppressive,
closing with the most terrific storm of thun-
der, lightning, hail and rain that I have
ever witnessed, the lightning being almost
incessant.  It killed a soldier in a tent ad-
jacent to us.  At the same time we heard
commanding to the left, a prelude to the
bloody battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page thirty-six
Description:Regarding suspicion of Quigg's disloyalty.
Date:1862-05-30
Subject:Battle of Fair Oaks (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Macduff; McQuade; Military; New York times.; New York world; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Quigg, John; Thunderstorms; Wool, John Ellis
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.