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Relief Efforts

What happened after the fire?

When news of the tragedy at Peshtigo finally reached Madison (Wisconsin's capital) on October 10, 1871, Governor Lucius Fairchild and other state officials were away at Chicago, helping the victims of that fire. The governor's wife Frances commandeered a boxcar of blankets and other supplies that was bound for Chicago and had it sent to Peshtigo instead.

The collections of the Area Research Center in Green Bay contain many telegrams and letters sent to Gov. Fairchild in the first weeks after the fire. In "The Great Fire of 1871: A Nation Responds" Kris Beisser Olson has compiled a selection of these messages. See the Bibliography for more information.


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