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Marshall Philyaw's drawing of the Peshtigo Fire is based in part on the picture entitled "The Burning of Peshtigo" that originally appeared in the November 25, 1871, issue of Harper's Weekly. In his eyewitness account of the disaster published in 1874, Peter Pernin wrote of "large wooden houses torn from their foundations and caught up like straws by two opposing currents of air which raised them till they came in contact with the stream of fire." Philyaw depicts the drama and imagery of these words in his drawing of the Congregational church being destroyed by fire and wind.*

*This illustration appears courtesy of Richard Bales, from his book, The Cause of the Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow, to be published in the Fall of 2002 by McFarland Publishing Company. For more information on illustrator Marshall Philyaw, contact him directly.

Cite as: Deana C. Hipke. The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. <http://www.peshtigofire.info/>
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