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        Sickness.  The Battle of Fair-Oaks.
fought during the next two days.  The rain
kept me in McQuade s tent for two hours,
then I mounted mule and found my way
back to the 7th Maine, not without diffi-
culty, for great pools of water covered the
roads, trees and fences were torn down and
the whole face of the country seemed altered by
the violence of the storm.  Whittemore gone to
the White House, on some business.  Ill all
night.
     31.  Saturday.  Very sick with horrible
bilious diarrhea, so that I couldn t mount
my mule.  All day long making little journeys
into the woods at intervals of fifteen minutes;
abortive purging, voiding blood and slime,
and vomiting.  My stomach so inflamed
that nothing would stay on it.  Got to the
doctor s tent and he   his name was Eve-
leth   after suggesting opium, consented to
give me a mild dose of rhubarb, which I
took and then lay down on a stretcher in
his tent.  He got me a little farma, too,
but it wouldn t stay down.  I lay on my sto-
mach in great pain, occasionally going out
into the woods. All this time, from noon,
the battle of Fair Oaks was raging furiously
to the left, we could hear the roar of the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page thirty-seven
Description:Regarding his illness and the sounds of the Battle of Fair Oaks.
Date:1862-05-30
Subject:Battle of Fair Oaks (Va.); Civil War; Diseases; Eveleth, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Maine Infantry Regiment, 7th; McQuade; Medical care (U.S. Army); Medicine; Military; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Physicians and surgeons; Whittemore (Quartermaster)
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.