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                       Returning to
heard the General groan in the night, as if
he were in great agony.  Other wounded sol-
diers soon occupied the floor of the cabin, as
did their attendants the seats, upon which I
lay also, when I was not making weary visits
to the water closet, for I felt very ill and quite
tired out.  A heavy rain and thunderstorm
burst towards midnight: I lay watching it
and looking out of the cabin window upon the
Pamunky, now so crowded with vessels, once so
lonely, and thinking of my first visit to the
spot.  Withal I felt intense thankfulness that
I was really leaving that miserable peninsula
behind me, and going back to civilization.
      3.  Tuesday.  To the Philadelphia captain,
and his assistance got the mule across
four vessels to the Nelly Baker, which had
been moved at early morning to another land-
ing place.  This was no easy task, for the
decks were at different levels, and the animal
had to cross boxes, planks etc.  But I went
ahead leading the mule and the captain fol-
lowed in his rear with a piece of plank to
belabour the unwilling beast and finally we got
him safely on the fore-deck of the Nelly Baker.
Almost directly afterwards we put off.  I got
some flour and water and tea presently, in the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page forty-two
Description:Regarding the steamer Nelly Baker, and efforts to bring Gunn's mule aboard, as well as thunderstorms and the transport of the wounded aboard the steamer.
Date:1862-06-02
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Howard, O.O.; Military; Nelly Baker (Ship); Peninsular Campaign (Va.); 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.