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fence for a mile s space, and here the road  forks  in twain.  We
had been loosely directed;  go on ahead, couldn t miss it;  so after
holding council we struck off into   the wrong road.    Three miles
riding through the wet forest, up hill and down dale brought us into
the Vicksburgh road.   No help for it, but to turn back, and by a
third reach our right path.   Through drenched cotton fields, over
open hill sides, where the wind blew fiercely upon us; across scraps of
wild forest land; through little streams, down steep muddy banks 
compelling us to dismount and lead the horses; over wild looking plantations,
through gates innumerable we kept on.    Sometimes we d miss our way
for a space, but generally kept on correctly.        Once we passed some
negro women, looking scarcely human.       Arrived at a neatly built house,
a gentleman came forth, and invited us to alight, we returning a civil
negative he gave us directions.      More wet cotton fields, interspersed with
the tall trunks of the dead trees, which had been girdled.     All before
us, and beside, like a shoreless sea lay the Yazoo swamp.  More
plantations, with the negroes  quarters  little huts, some twenty or so
together.      A young man rides with us for half an hour or so.  I
talk with him.   He, praising the health of the country, told me he
didn t have a fever over one in three years!      I had noticed heretofore,
in greeting one another, sickness was taken for granted, the rule, not the
the exception.     As thus,  How s your chills, to day Mr - ?  or  How
many of your folks are down?               Onwards till nightfall, and
then we came in sight of the accursed river Yazoo.    We had intended
journeying two miles or so farther, but were so tired and wet that
we resolved to try the hospitality of a house close at hand.   So Kellam
and Richards went in to see the mistress of the house, as the master was
temporarily absent  in the Swamp.      Their request was granted immediately,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Describes his ride through Mississippi on the way to Louisiana by horseback, including a wrong turn onto the Vicksburg Road.
Date:1853-10-27
Subject:Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Keane, Maurice; Kellam, Oliver; Powell (Mississippi); Powell, Mrs. (Mississippi); Richards, Addison Keane; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Mississippi]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.