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Volume Listing > Volume 54 > The great Peshtigo fire: an eyewitness account

Pernin, Peter, 19th cent.; "The great Peshtigo fire: an eyewitness account"


The Great Peshtigo Fire: An Eyewitness Account: Father Peter Pernin's (ca.1825-ca.1900) account of the 1871 Peshtigo Fire, the nation's worst forest fire in terms of lives lost, is reprinted here to commemorate the centennial of the event. This account was originally printed in the Wisconsin Magazine of History 1918-1919, but for this edition, the account has been supplemented by footnotes and omitted sections from the 1918-1919 edition reinserted. In the account, Pernin describes the town in great detail prior to the fire, during the tragic event, and how the town rebuilt after the fire. (26 pages)

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Citation: Pernin, Peter, 19th cent.; "The great Peshtigo fire: an eyewitness account" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 54 /Issue: 4 (1970-1971)

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