Historic Disasters of Richmond

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Richmond has had its share of man-made and natural calamities throughout its illustrious history. In 1811, fire destroyed the Richmond Theatre on Broad Street, tragically claiming seventy-two lives in one of the worst urban disasters in American history. As Union forces approached Richmond in the final months of the Civil War, Confederate troops ignited the city in flames, leaving scars still visible today. The international Spanish flu epidemic did not spare the city in the early twentieth century. The worst airplane crash in Virginia history occurred near Byrd Airport in 1961. Local author Walter S. Griggs tells these stories and more as he traces the harrowing history of Richmond's most famous disasters.
ISBN: 9781467118866
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Disaster
Images: 27
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Walter Griggs Jr. is a law professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds an MA and a JD from the University of Richmond and a PhD from William and Mary. He has written numerous articles and books on a variety of historical subjects and was awarded the Jefferson Davis Medal for his work. Griggs is married to the former Frances Pitchford, a retired English teacher and librarian. She edits and proofs his work. Griggs and his family live in Richmond, Virginia.
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