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The Great Peshtigo Fire: An Eyewitness…

The Great Peshtigo Fire: An Eyewitness Account (Wisconsin)

by Reverend Peter Pernin

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On October 8, 1871, a massive firestorm destroyed the small village of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, in the deadliest fire in US history. It engulfed far more than the village after which it is named: 2,400 square miles burned that night, killing families and livestock and burning whole communities to the ground. Local priest Peter Pernin witnessed the devastation. In 1874, Father Pernin first published this dramatic eyewitness account of what happened that day. In no other testimony is the Great Peshtigo Fire so vividly recounted. Pernin's words offer an invaluable and enduring record for historians, scientists, and everyday citizens alike.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 087020310X, Paperback)

This account of the calamitous Pestigo Fire of 1871 — the deadliest in American history — is now available in a newly designed, expanded edition. Added to the original eye-witness account of Reverend Peter Pernin are new archival photographs of Peshtigo, before and after the fire, and an updated introduction by Stephen J. Pyne that gives readers a fresh perspective on the fire that burned 2400 square miles and killed more than 700 people. Occurring on the same day as the famous Chicago fire, the Peshtigo fire resulted from similar causes: a prolonged drought, a concentration of wooden structures and rubble, and human carelessness. Readers of all ages will learn that from the scorched earth of Peshtigo came decisions about land and forest management that remain a part of Wisconsin and American history today.

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