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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 199, May 14, 1853

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Identifier: DX01276256

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 199, May 14, 1853

Description: Describes visits to Fort Hamilton and Fort Lafayette.


save Creecy & an English born Serjent ycleped Baldwin, who came in the boat with us. Three or four bare footed boys ran to & fro or fished, (with no small success) at the landing place. Here I stayed till 5, partly talking in Creecy’s room, clean, spacious & cellar shaped, with two castle-like windows in the dense thickness of the fort’s wall. Creecy thinks [William] Barth will enlist again. To the shore with Baldwin, thence to the Fort where I called on Livers. A Quadrangle, greensward inside, room all round, soldiers about & a band practising [practicing] most exhilaratingly. With Livers awhile then off to meet the 6 o’clock boat. But it did not return to New York o’Saturday ‘nights, so off I set merrily up the cliff and along the road to meet a stage at Yellow Hook. A heart gladdening walk. Trees in the sheen of spring, sweet smells in the air, and holy evening sunlight darting through buds & leaves and blossom, or lengthening my shadow mightily as it passed athwart the quiet country road. Merrily did I jog on, coat over arm, with sense of peace in heart, as though far away from city stir and strife. Yellowhook reached. Stage gone — another coming. Off again and walked unto Brooklyn, took omnibus to Fulton Ferry, supped at Erfords & to bed by 10.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-05-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Armed Forces


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