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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 167, October 17-18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04182477

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 167, October 17-18, 1853

Description: Regarding fears about yellow fever at Vicksburg while riding to Louisiana by horseback.


the floor or chairs.

18 17. Tuesday. Through country bearing pleasanter impress of culture, and by spacious cotton fields, the full bulb of the plant bursting with the white staple of the south. Now and then mighty cedars, some of which of amazing size and growth, I had noticed in the horrible swamp of last night. Through another we rode this morning, solemn, somber verdure all around, no sun glance gladdening it. Tall cane rising from the pools and rank marshes. It was chill and dank, passing through; and I was glad to get to sunlight again. My bones felt as though they had lain steeping in swamp water for a century, and excepting in the broad, hot noon, or by blazing fire-logs, I never felt thoroughly warm for the remainder of the journey. / By an hour past noon we found a pretty place to feed in, a forest patch by the roadside. I rode back to a farm house for a bucket of water. We had a substantial dinner that day, having brought from Harrisburgh, not the customary scraps and remnants, but the chickens. After pelting a drive of hogs who gave greeting chorusses all around, we got to horse, and rode on through the hot afternoon; and into Pontotoc, by 4. Here we put up at the hotel, Mr [Keane] Richards being desirous of telegraphing to Florence about Peytona, also to Vicksburgh about the yellow fever, at Lake Providence. The Telegraph Operator had a little room next the hotel, where he sat, greatly admired of the Pontotocians. He had dismal stories to tell of the yellow fever; of it prevalence far and wide on the Mississippi and Yazoo region. That a former operator at Vicksburg had telegraphed “good-bye” to all, taken to his bed and died. With much more. / This Pototoc hotel was a dirty, random sort of place. They put us in a shattered room with three beds in’t, a stranger occupying one. The plaster of the walls had fallen in various places, there was a dirtheap in the fire place, an uneven floor, a broken window prop-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-10-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diseases
Yellow fever
Mississippi River
Yazoo River (Miss.)


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