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               At the White-House.
It had been a very fine day, hot in the
sunlight, cool in the shade.  Approaching
the ex-residence of the rebel general Lee,
what a different contrast did it present to
that seen by Hall and myself when we
first visited it.  There were camps everywhere.
I presently lost my teamster and rode some
little distance until two rough attaches of
Capt. Sawtelle one of whom was anxious to
sell me the horse he road and the other
disposed to bulling contradiction, when I
told him what was current of the behavior
of Casey s men at the Battle of Fairoaks,
he having belonged to the regiment.  Arri-
ved at the White House, I was perfectly fe-
verish with anxiety to see Sawtelle and
to get permission to go aboard the steamer
which I heard was departing for Fortress
Monroe, knowing that I should have to wait
for a dreary night and day if I missed
the vessel.  Accordingly I hurried and got
an order for the transfer of myself and my
mule just as the quartermaster was leaving
his official tent for the night.  The  Nelly
Baker,  they told me, was to start immediately,
advising me to get aboard without delay.
She lay on the other side of another steamer,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page forty
Description:Regarding travel to the White House, and passage aboard the steamer ''Nelly Baker'' to Fort Monroe.
Date:1862-06-02
Subject:Battle of Fair Oaks (Va.); Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall (artist); Lee, Robert E.; Military; Nelly Baker (Ship); Travel
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.