The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 631
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insight. His commission to do the book for the Society is addi-
tional evidence to this fact.
There has been little written about the historical past of the
American climate possessing real scientific significance for the
present-day meteorologist. In the field of hurricanes, Historic
Storms of New England (1891), by Sidney Perley, and Hurricane
(1958), by Marjory Douglas, treat the subject from the historical
view, but their approaches center on the human interest story.
Among other works on these violent storms are Hurricane (1938),
by Ivan Ray Tannehill, and Atlantic Hurricanes (1960), by
Gordon E. Dunn and Banner I. Miller.
This new study of hurricanes has been divided by Ludlum into
two periods. The first extends from the voyages of Columbus to
the end of 1814. This was about the beginning of the Federal
government's attempt to establish a national weather observing
service. The second period carries through the Civil War to 1870,
the year the United States Signal Corps established its storm
warning system. The United States coastline affected by hurri-
canes is divided into three major areas: from Hatteras North,
from Hatteras South, and the Gulf Coast, which covers Texas.
In that interesting section are discussed such memorable storms
as the "Lafitte" hurricane at Galveston in 1818 and "Racers"
hurricane of 1837, which swept the Texas Gulf Coast from the
Rio Grande to the Louisiana border. The account of this storm
is quite complete. The Galveston Hurricane of 1867 is covered
well, with excerpts from the Galveston News of October 3, 1867,
and the notes and remarks on the storm by Professor C. G.
Forshey, who was in Galveston at the time. In all, the Geograph-
ical Index by States: 1528-1870 lists Texas hurricanes for the fol-
lowing years: 1766, 1818, 1835, 1837, 1842, 1844, 1849, 1854,
1865, 1867, and 1869. The use of newspaper clippings by the
author where available adds to the easy readability of the book.
There are also many references to letters, documents, and ship
logs for facts and comments they contain relating to hurricanes.
In the back of the book there are a Bibliography of Early Amer-
ican Hurricanes to 1870o and a Chronological Index of Early
American Hurricanes 1528-1870. No illustrations are used, but
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