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Arnold, Isaac, Jr
Four-page autograph letter signed to his father, Isaac Arnold, in Connecticut, describing a fierce hail storm in Texas
May 21, 1868. Single sheet folded to make 4 pages, approx. 8" x 5", 84 lines, approx. 550 words, in ink; previous fold; very good. A Civil War officer from Connecticut describes an horrendous and famous hail storm in San Antonio. "It commenced about 8 o'clock p.m. and lasted for about 30 minutes." Arnold was "on the road between here and the missions in an ambulance when the storm commenced, the hail frightened the mules and they commenced to run. I jumped out to catch them by the heads but fell in so doing and I failed to catch them about the same time I was knocked down by a large hail stone and took shelter under a mesquite bush where I remained until the storm was over. I protected my head with my hands and bent the bushes over me as best as I could ... I thought 'hell had broke loose' I escaped covered with bruises but no bones broken ... the hail broke all of the windows on the north side of my house ... in the city the storm was much more severe breaking all of the blinds and windows ... the hail stones I saw were larger than hens eggs ... [hail stones] picked up after the storm weighing all the way from 26 ounces up to three pounds and a half and I hear it rumored that one was found that weighed over six pounds. It was the worst storm I ever saw or ever expect to see ... It destroyed at least 400 bushels of peaches for me besides utterly ruining my garden which was in fine condition." The situation rattled Arnold so much that he adds he "cannot afford to be ordered way just yet" but wonders if Gen. Dyer could be asked to send him back. "I am trying to get another si … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (rulonmillerbooks) [Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States]
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