The Great Fire of Petersburg, Virginia

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On July 16, 1815, a fire began in a small stable in Petersburg. After only a few hours, almost two-thirds of the city lay in ruins. Citizens stood on the banks of the Appomattox River and watched as wind blew flames from one building to the next. The tragedy claimed a dozen lives and destroyed more than five hundred homes. The fire raged until it was quelled by a downpour of rain. Stories of heroism from firefighters and landowners were left in the aftermath. Author Tamara Eastman describes the city before the fire, the horrific event and the collective efforts to rebuild a stronger city.
ISBN: 9781467118668
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Disaster
Images: 27
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Tamara Eastman has worked in the field of history throughout her life. In addition to her writing, she has served as a tour guide for the City of Petersburg and a living historian portraying seventeenth-century characters. Her first book was The Pirate Trial of Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Ms. Eastman is also a filmmaker, presently directing Insurrection and Gallows Bait. By day she is a military historian for the department of defense and lives in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.
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