New-Bridge, VA Tornado and Storm Damage, June 1862

A TERRIBLE STORM -- KILLED AND INJURED BY LIGHTNING.

New-Bridge, Sunday, June 1 -- 6 P. M.
Yesterday afternoon we were visited by a terrible storm, doing considerable damage to our camps, and, I regret to say, causing a loss of life.
The gallant Forty-fourth Regiment, just returned from the battle of Hanover Court-house, had one man killed and four badly injured in their camp by lightning. Their names are as follows:
Killed:
Quartermaster-Sergeant HENRY HOWLETT.
Injured:
Sergeant-Major WEBBER.
Sergeant GODFREY.
Sergeant WILLARD.
Private JACOB DEANS.
Trees were blown down injuring many of our soldiers by their falls, and tents were prostrated. in several of the camps there have been lives lost. Two houses and a barn were struck by lightning in the vicinity of New-Bridge. The tornado lasted about three hours, and was accompanied by heavy peals of thunder and rain. The roads are again in a frightful condition. Any movement, therefore, for the present, is almost impossible.

The New York Times New York 1862-06-05