The Peshtigo Greenhorn

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About the author:
Ruth H. Maxwell holds a doctorate in education, a master's degree in special education, and a bachelor's degree in child welfare. She is an established author of children's books and short stories, contributor to many magazines, and now has her own blog. Ruth has written two historical fiction books. Her first, Eighteen Roses Red, is set in Revolutionary War times and chronicles a young woman's efforts to deliver a vital coded message to General George Washington. Her second, The Peshtigo Greenhorn, is the account of the most deadly fire in U.S. history.

The Peshtigo Greenhorn

Authored by Ruth H. Maxwell

On October 8, 1871, two fires occurred, the famous Chicago Fire and the devastating but obscure Peshtigo Fire. The fire in Chicago destroyed just over 3 square miles of the city. The Peshtigo Fire consumed an estimated 1.5 million acres or 2,400 square miles in northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Thousands of men, women and children perished. The town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin - home to 1,700 - disappeared in the flames. No other fire in United States history has cost so many lives.

This account, told through the eyes of a 15-year-old Wisconsin lumberjack working in the woods near Peshtigo, gives a glimpse of life before and after that fateful day. Find out what precipitated this disaster and how some people survived the firestorm.

Publication Date:
1490446842 / 9781490446844
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / 19th Century

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