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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 155, October 4-5, 1853

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Identifier: DX04171511

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 155, October 4-5, 1853

Description: Describes setting off on his journey by horseback from Mammoth Cave to Louisiana.


affected, [Maurice Keane] is a mighty hunter, and is on his way to New Orleans to enter on commercial life there. Keene Richards is also Kentuckian born, and with the commencement of next year will be placed in possession, by a grandfather, of 1000 acres or so, of Louisiana plantation, slaves &c. With these three [Keane, Richards, and Oliver Kellam] then I set out on the morrow for a journey which I shall hardly fail to remember.

4 5 Wednesday. There was great stir and bustle outside the Cave Hotel on the sunny August October morning, in preparing for departure. The horses had to be judiciously packed, and all sorts of matters done. Mr Millers bill (a very moderate one) discharged, niggers fee’d with a $ or two, I after witnessing carpet-bag & Indian pipe stem slung on one side of a big grey-mare, (hereafter to become well acquainted with me,) got astride of a little pacing pony; which, in consideration of my being no Centaur had been assigned to me. After explicit directions touching our first days journey from Mr Miller, (to be diverged from within ten minutes) off we start; my three companions leading the supernumerary five mares. Striking off into a forest path, the first thing we did was to get out of the right way, which fact was intimated by our summary arrival at a gate, zig zag fence, and field. Backwards turning, we tried another wrong path, and then, having exhausted the false roads, found the true. The day was a lovely one, the winding, lonely road, now deep descending its vale and declivity, now skirting sloping hill or steep mout mountain side; all forest covered on every side. Ash, hickory, and some oak trees, more not of any great altitude or bulk, were the staple growth of the forest. But the exquisite colours of the autumnal tinted leaves, purple, red, orange, every variety of yellow; and pre-eminent ever the luxuriant ruby red, or blackening sumach leaves. All this wild loveliness the hot sun shed glory upon. We travelled slowly, for a long journey was before us, and there was a current superstition the [that] the mares were with foal; so twenty or twenty five miles was to be the average of the a days journey. Reaching a main road, at an hour, or

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-10-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
African Americans


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