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The Journal of Dr Thomas O’Maley, Staff Surgeon: Part I The Demerera Campaign, 1803.

Posted by Nicholas Blake, on January 9th, 2017


Thomas O’Maley (1779–1833), from County Galway, was a British army surgeon.

In the campaign of 1814 he was staff surgeon in charge of the medical department of the Army of Canada’s right division, and saw action at the battles of Chippawa, Lundy’s Lane, and Fort Erie. His journal contains many new experiences, including a trip in ‘that admirable contrivance’ that was a steam boat; the Falls of Niagara, whose ‘first impression on my astonished mind cannot be defined in words’, and the rapids before Montreal, both ‘awful and grand’, down which he was ‘hurried with impetuosity’ by a native pilot with no English.

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