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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 161, October 11-13, 1853

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Identifier: DX04176992

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 161, October 11-13, 1853

Description: Describes his journey by horseback through Tennessee and into Alabama on the way to Louisiana.


wash outside. Bill paid, always 50 cents per head for each traveller, moderate enough, but varying for the horses. Indeed there can be no profit on travellers, hence the rough take-it-as-you find it accommodation. Packing, and onwards, through woody, pleasant country. Fording a pretty broad river at noontide we came into Hillsborough [Hillsboro], and dined well at a tavern in the little town; wisely having abandoned the notion of lunch from Church’s. Rode on, through the afternoon, and having passed through a place called Mount Pleasant, put up at a legitimate road side Inn, had a good supper in a civilized room, a pretty well-attired girl and others present. Tried to get up a Spiritual Knocking and Table moving experiment afterwards, in the sitting room; Keene Richards, who is a Beleiver [Believer], acting as Medium. But it proved a signal failure.

12 Wednesday. On riding from “Parkers.” By 1 oclock we passed through a little town the name of which I forget. There was a monument commemorating certain Mexican Volunteers there. Riding through a stream on the other side of it, we lunched on rocks there, a very homeopathic lunch having been obtained from Parkers, eked out with town purchased gingerbread. Here [Oliver] Kellam fancying he’d left his pocket book went back into the town to the store, & found he had it. A farmer appears, greatly desirous of Kellam’s horse, and wishes to swap his own for it. They tried each others horses, no exchange made. / Put up this night at the house of a man who was absent preaching, his temporary widow and son officiating. A roughish, but endurable place.

13 12. Thursday. Into Alabama this morning. Sandy soil we have been passing over for the last two or three days; or reddish colored earth. Pine trees appear, and cotton-fields have I seen, but none out in full snowy glory as yet. Worn, or zig zag fences, sometimes negroes at work in the corn fields; a distant cotton gin, or log hut.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-10-11

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Armed Forces
Mexican War, 1846-1848


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