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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 198, May 13-14, 1853

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Identifier: DX01275751

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 198, May 13-14, 1853

Description: Describes visits to Fort Hamilton and Fort Lafayette.


the 7 o’clock boat. Supped at Van Name’s & parted [with Charles Damoreau and Alfred Waud] at Stewarts at 8 1/2. Reading & bed.

14 13. Saturday. Up town leaving card at the Metropolitan Hotel for Mr [Pierce] Supple. Any amount of houses in the course of being pulled down, finer to be erected on their site. Down town again. To [Thomas W.] Strongs. To room [290 Broadway] again, then rushed down to the North River end of Murray Street just in time to get aboard the Fort Hamilton boat. Met Livers aboard. Talk with him. A hot, bright unclouded day. Reaching the spot, we disembarked, and walking along towards the Fort met Creecy & Beukman. Creecy sunburnt & Beukman fat. / Crossed with Creecy to Fort Lafayette, in boat. Here, like an aquatic [Robinson] Crusoe he lives. Over the fort, with its formidable range of cannon, its stone staircases & clean soldier-like rooms. Up on the roof, gazing out at the blue, glad water as it flashed & rippled in God’s blessed sunlight even as it did thousands of years ere the white mans keel ploughed it. Little souls skimming down, Staten Island fresh and green on the opposing shore of the Narrows. Inside the fort close beside the curtain mute devil contrivances for heating shot and the like, clothes & linen being out to dry, flickered peacefully. No one lived in the place,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-05-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Armed Forces


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