Chesterfield County, VA Terrible Hail Storm Damage, May 1858


Richmond, Va., Sunday, May 16.
A terrible hail storm occurred in Chesterfield County last evening. Some of the stones were of the size of hen's eggs. Vegetation was destroyed, the ground strewn with the leaves and branches of trees, and a great many windows broken. The hail was from two to three feet deep in some places in the roads. The train from Petersburg last evening came in contact with a fallen tree, and the engine and cars were much damaged. The storm is unprecedented.

The New York Times New York 1858-05-17