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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 211, July 29-30, 1852

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Identifier: DX01175811

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 211, July 29-30, 1852

Description: Describes a visit to the Battlefield of Lundy's Lane.


hours [word crossed out] then [unclear word] vehicle which had conveyed the other party and off. One young Fellow — a frank hearted, generous young American, employed in the Tribune Office, name Jansen, had been in Europe. I liked him very much. We went to the battlefield of Lundy’s Lane. Spot where [Abraham] Hull the son (noble fellow) fell. Spot where they burnt the soldiers bodies. Poor English yeomen and country homespuns to don red-coats, come here to fight men having a good cause, and die! Back to the boat and across to the Canadian U.S. side. And to my room, by 9 or so, supped and to bed, being very tired. A regular rain storm in the night, and a startling dream of Niagara, so vivid I believed it real almost in the morning

30. Friday. In doors writing up diary, till this present moment of 12 o’clock. Then out to the Cataract. The Horse-shoe Fall. Rather a dull, lowering day, the River, I think swollen by the overnight’s rain-storm. On the summit of the tower for an hour or twain, — had my hat blown over the Fall. Return bareheaded in the hot sunlight to the village & replaced it by the other. To Goat Island again, descending the staircase to the foot of the rocks between the Falls. To the little hut where officiates the nigger guide to the “Cave of the Winds” paid my dollar, disrobed, dressed much after the fashion I had worn, under the Horse-Shoe Fall & then following him down a steep, wet and slippery wooden staircase, descended through the drenching spray, below the minor American Fall. It is comparatively speaking very brief, but also very beautiful. For all around you are circular

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1852-07-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Lundy's Lane, Battle of, Ont., 1814
War of 1812


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