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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 140, June 11-19, 1852

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Identifier: DX01141653

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 140, June 11-19, 1852

Description: Mentions witnessing the flogging of a military deserter.


11. Friday. Drawing on wood, Lantern Initials and sketching on paper. At the Evening came certain visitors, a man (Mexican comrade of [William] Barth’s) wife and children. They, with some fifty or so had just arrived at the Island from Michigan. Everybody very busy.

12. Saturday. Saw a man flogged — a deserter He had to receive 40 lashes. It was not so bad to look upon as I imagined, though doubtless painful enough for the poor devil. I had fancied the blows were laid on with more force. To New York. Reveille & Lantern Offices &c horribly busy all day, didn’t find time to dine till 6. Evening at Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders

13. Sunday. To Hell Gate ferry house with [William] Roberts. A demi-pleasant ramble

[14. Monday through 19. Saturday] I have let the week slip by unnoted, and

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-06-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Armed Forces
Military deserters
Hell Gate (New York, N.Y.)


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