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                         Sickness
artillery.  The doctor told me that if
I didn t get better my dysentery would pro-
bably develope into Typhoid fever when I should
die.  I thought this very probable and
crawling out from my boxes, in the Quar-
termasters tent, into the wet, black night,
time after time, leaning my back against a
tree   for I was too weak, even to squat un-
supported   listening to the rush of the rain,
  I fancied how the news of my death would
reach Hannah and my mother in England.
Once, in returning, I stumbled, and crawl-
ed back on my hands and knees.  It was
a dreary time and I hardly thought to
live to write of it as I do now.
                          June.
     1 Sunday.  Sick all the morning and
trailing afternoon.  Then to McClellan s
headquarters to telegraph to the Tribune
that I intended to return to New York.
This message I accomplished after running
the gauntlet of some official snobbery   I
wrote, also, to Wilkeson, Painter and Bowery-
em.  Returning to the 7th Maine had ano-
ther dreary night.  Whittemore returned,
giving an account of the horrible state of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page thirty-eight
Description:Regarding dysentery, the threat of Typhoid fever and death, and the return to McClellan's headquarters.
Date:1862-05-31
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boweryem, George; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Maine Infantry Regiment, 7th; Medical care (U.S. Army); Medicine; Military; New York tribune.; Painter; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Physicians and surgeons; Whittemore (Quartermaster); Wilkeson, Samuel
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.