Pulaski, TN Fearful Tornado Damage, Jan 1866


A friend has favored our reporter with a letter addressed to the house of Treppard & Co., of College street, written the day after the terrific storm which visited Pulaski, Tenn. It dontains some additional particulars, with some already published. The houses of DR. CARTER, DR. EXERSON, ED. ROSE, Esqus., MRS. MAEON and REV. MR. CALDWELL, were among those blown down or greatly injured. That of MR. ROSE is utterly ruined. Part of REV. MR. CALDWELL'S was blown down, and all the small wooden buildings around it unroofed. The dwelling house of MRS. MASON, occupied at the time by MR. JO. STACEY, is considered a "complete ruin," so is the residence of DR. CARTER. The roof was blown from the Cotton Factory. "Trees, planks, floors, roofs, and heavy timbers," says the letter, "were blown two hundred feet." The writer expresses the belief that not less than one hundred thousand dollars will cover the damage done to property. He states that MRS. JOHNSON died of her injuries the night following the storm. MISS BRADDEN, daughter of JACOB BRADDEN, Esq., a young lady about eighteen, was buried in the ruins of MR. STACEY'S residence, and taken out a corpse. MR. STACEY was slightly injured, and MRS. BENSON severely. Three negroes were killed, and six or eight injured -- one, a man, having his leg broken. One of the colored persons killed was a woman at MR. ROSE'S. MR. JOHN MARK'S residence, three miles from the town, was blown to the ground. The residences of MRS. A. C. WHITE, three miles out, and of MR. JAMES COOK, eight miles, are also said to be destroyed. The residence of B. F. CARTER, Esq., in Pulaski, was unroofed. The course of the wind was across the hill on which DR. CARTER resided. The letter says: "All the stores are shut, and everything looks gloomy." -- Nashville Union, Jan. 1.

The New York Times New York 1866-01-07