Civil War Weather in Virginia by Robert K. Krick

By Robert K. Krick

This paintings fills an important hole in our to be had wisdom in a primary zone of Civil struggle reviews, that of uncomplicated quotidian details at the climate within the theater of operations within the area of Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. Krick provides to the day-by-day documents stored through beginner meteorologists in those destinations. Anecdotal descriptions of climate present in modern infantrymen’ dairies and correspondence combines those scattered documents right into a chronology of climate info that still comprises break of day and sundown instances for every day. the data in Civil warfare climate in Virginia is fundamental for college students of the Civil warfare within the important northern Virginia/Maryland theater of operations.

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34 / Chapter 2. 1861 Chapter 2. ”53 A diary entry recorded on the 27th, near Cheat Mountain: “Terrible storm, wind and rain. Tents capsized; river past fording. ”54 The mountains absorbed the rain, only a little pushing on into central Virginia. 88 inches of rain in four small storms on September 4–5, 11–12, 21, and 26–27. m. m. on the 29th. m. 56 36 / Chapter 2. 1861 Chapter 2. 1861 / 37 October 1861 The seasons changed during the desultory campaigning around Cheat Mountain in the western hills.

1861 May 1861 A correspondent in Portsmouth reported on May 2: “The weather here is quite cold . . ”27 As a volunteer artillery company left Bedford on the morning of May 15, the men reveled in “a beautiful day, no clouds . . 29 A company from the nascent 13th Virginia Infantry encountered typically ¤ckle May weather when it headed from Harpers Ferry toward Shepherdstown late in the month. ” The terrifying violence of the storm abated almost as suddenly as it had exploded, and the sun promptly reappeared.

M. 20 On the upper slopes of the Blue Ridge on April 10, a girl wrote in her diary: “Three days of almost continual rain until today. ”21 A combination of huge storms wreaked havoc on Fredericksburg and central Virginia. “The weather was horrible” in Caroline County on April 8. ” Even heavier downpours followed. “The heavy and continuous rain of the past few days resulted in a tremendous freshet in the Rappahannock River, the like of which has not been known since 1814,” the Fredericksburg News declared.

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