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        The Ride back to the White House
the roads which his condition illustrated.
    2. Monday.  Saddled my mule for a
ride back to the White-House, resolved not
to make a die of it, if possible.  Rode for a
space of a mile or so with a cavalry-man,
going to fetch whiskey.  A hot day and rutty
road.  Saw some Zouaves outside a house,
talked with a sutler, was introduced to two
doctors who had just finished a meal of
chicken and green peas in the house, not-
withstanding which there was enough left for
me.  So invigorated, I pushed forwards.  It
was by lonely forest-roads, redolent of dead
horses, which my mule had an invincible
objection to passing, which necessitated
a good many fights with him and some
detours.  Sometimes I halted to rest, some-
times rode up to a lonely house to inquire
my way.  How well I remember that ride !
The strange loneliness of it, the trampled
roads and demolished fences, the sense of
hope and satisfaction with each lessening
mile.  Presently the day waned.  As I
drew nearer to the White House I fell in
with a friendly teamster who was going in the
same direction, and kept him company  
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page thirty-nine
Description:Regarding his loneliness riding on the road back to the White House.
Subject:Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Military; Travel
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.