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Text for Page 088 [07-27-1861]

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             Talk of the Fight at Bull�s Run.
the sturdy Baker came over in his shirt sleeves
and we had an evening together.   We talked the
defeat at Manassas Junction, and I read a good
portion of it from Stedman�s account in this
weeks �World,� obtained at the Post-Office.    It
is a good account; though a little sophomorical,
here and there, after the writer�s wont.    He seems

[newspaper clipping]
               AN INCIDENT OF THE RETREAT.
   {Correspondence of the Philadelphia Inquirer.}
  The enemy appeared in sight, firing their guns,
the balls raining upon us thick; emerging from the
valley we saw the reporter of The World, with the
standard of the Massachusetts Fifth, waving it
over him and pleading for the men to rally around
him; but it was in vain, they heeded him not.  An
officer asked the privilege of riding behind
him.  It was granted, and before they had gone a
hundred yards a shot from the thicket struck the
officer in the head, and he reeled off.  Mr. Stead-
man wrapped up the standard and galloped about
a mile ahead, and afterwards succeeded in rallying
a large force.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
Greatly exaggerated.

[Gunn�s diary continued]
			to have behaved very
			pluckily; credit be ac-
			corded him therefore.
			The �Major� Rawlings
			killed (two days before
			the battle) appears to
			have been the brother
of the braggart once attached to Frank Leslie�s.   I
have heard him spoken, as worthy of the relation-
ship.     He had employment on the rival illustra-
ted paper, as an advertisement solicitor, and
wrote exceedingly stupid and ungrammatical letters
to it.         Alf Waud and Sol Eytinge disliked him
(as they do everybody else about the office) and
the former caricatured him as a spotty-faced ple-
beian, in a picture published in the paper.
  My auditors were diversely interested.  George
who had previously sneered at the Americans, say-
ing that both parties were afraid of fighting, now
talked about their running away.      Baker, who               
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