The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 71
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Journal of Lewis Birdsall Harris, 1886-1842 71
try and join me and we would go together. This would be pleas-
ant, as I sometimes realize what an undertaking it is for me a
mere boy entirely alone, unacquainted with what is before me.
We lay up at a small place called Paducah on Kentucky side
at the mouth of the Tennessee river, remained all day taking in
tobacco. Nothing very interesting to be seen. Passed the mouth
of the Ohio into the grand Mississippi in the night. Saw New
Madrid, where I had lived a short time when I was a child, and
where the great earthquake sunk a large portion of the place and
where it is said large cracks can still be seen. I saw two or three
where the water was low. A small island opposite New Madrid
Stopped at a small place on the Arkansas side and took a stroll
on Arkansas soil as I make it a point to take a walk in every state
We arrived at Memphis in the night. We lay up at a store boat
and I went ashore and went up on the hill but could see very little
of the town. We next stopped at Vicksburg which is a lively
thriving place built on the side of the hill on very rough ground.
Natchez is a beautiful place built on the bluff which is very high,
the road runs along the side of the bank and is built up with tim-
bers 40 ft. it was raining and muddy and I had not time to go
through the place but saw some part of it, the buildings are in
good taste. Baton Rouge is in a beautiful situation, the build-
ings are principally small and in French Style. Fort Jackson
constitutes the principal beauty of the place. it is certainly a
splendid place the buildings are long and built of brick with por-
ticos in front surrounded by trees. Saw a number of soldiers
who appeared very contented. Donnelsonville a small place where
we were detained all night by the fog. Came in sight of the ship-
ping of New Orleans. The sight was truly grand, it appeared like
a dry pine forrest as first seen and then a bend of the river hid
them from sight until another bend brought the city into full
view. We arrived here March 31 .
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