The Year 1811


In this year several events have occurred of no common character.  A brief notice of them may not be unacceptable.

In the month of September, a comet made it appearance in the northern part of the heavens, and passing across our hemisphere, disappeared at the south about the end of the year.

On the 10th of Sept. the city of Charleston, in South Carolina, was visited by one of the most tremendeous hurricanes that ever devastated any country.

On the 17th of Sept. the sun suffered an annular and almost total eclipse. - - The day was remarkable serene, and the skies entirely clear of clouds, so that its appearance was the most solemn and impressive that we could conceive. 

On the 7th of November, the lives of many valuable Americans were lost in a battle with the Indians [the Battle of Tippecanoe].

On the 16th and 17th of December, the western and southern quarters of the United States were alarmed with several shocks of an earthquake.

On the 26th of December, the Theatre at Richmond was consumed by fire, and a great number of the most respectable citizens of Virginia perished in the flames.

In the summer months the heat was, in many places, the most intense that ever was known.  In the principal cities several lives were lost by the indiscreet us of cold water.

The crops, in many parts of the United States, were destroyed by drought and in many places immense damage was done by overwhelming torrents of rain.

These are no common events, and without incurring the charge of superstition, they may be deemed portentous of still greater events.

Surely so many extraordinary occurrences, in the course of a few months, ought to excite something of meditation and reflection.

Made possible by the Rivers Institute and the
History Department of Hanover College.


How to cite this article:  "The Year 1811,"  Pittsburgh Gazette 10 Apr. 1812, p. 3, available at