The Great Virginia Flood of 1870

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In the fall of 1870, a massive flood engulfed parts of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. What began near Charlottesville as welcome rain at the end of a drought-plagued summer quickly turned into a downpour as it moved west and then north through the Shenandoah Valley. The James, Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers rose, and flooding washed out fields, farms and entire towns. The impact was immense in terms of destruction, casualties and depth of water. The only warning that Richmond, downriver from the worst of the storm, had of the wall of water bearing down on it was a telegram. In this account, public historian Paula Green details not only the flood but also the process of recovery in an era before modern relief programs.
ISBN: 9781467147279
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Disaster
Images: 42
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Paula Green is an environmental historian with an MA in public history from James Madison University. Her undergraduate work and training as an anthropologist and archaeologist inform part of this work. In addition to her cross-discipline training, Paula has worked in the JMU Libraries for more than twelve years as an Interlibrary Loan borrowing specialist. Her daily work includes quests to find obscure research material for her patrons. This is her first book.
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