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Bales, Richard. The Cause of the Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow. (Available October 2002 from McFarland Publishing Company).

Behrend, Alice Judy. Burning Bush. Peshtigo, Wis: Times Printing and Publishing (1988). [An account of life in the Sugar Bush at the time of the fire and retelling of stories from people who survived. Available for sale from the Peshtigo Times.]

Benchley, Elizabeth D. The Sky Was Brass, the Earth Was Ashes: The Williamsonville Site and the Peshtigo Fire of 1871. (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee) [from Society for Historical Archaeology]

Casson, John J. Letter dated July 1927. Account of cleaning up after the fire. State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Archives and Manuscripts Division.

Gess, Denise and William Lutz. Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History. Henry Holt & Company (August 2002). 320 pp. ISBN 0805067809.

Goodspeed, E.J. The great fires in Chicago and the West: history and incidents, losses and sufferings, benevolence of the nations, etc., etc. / by a Chicago clergyman; to which is appended a record of the great conflagrations of the past. LaCrosse, Wis.: Brookhaven Press, 2000. (Reprint) Original publication Chicago: J.W. Goodspeed, 1871.

Holbrook, Stewart H. Burning an Empire: The Story of American Forest Fires. New York: Macmillan Co., 1943.

Holmes, Fred L. Old World Wisconsin. Around Europe in the Badger State. Minocqua, Wis.: Heartland Press (2nd ed., 1990) Originally published in 1944. [Describes the experiences of the Belgian community in Door County, including Williamsonville.]

Leschak, Peter M. Ghosts of the Fireground: Echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Calling of a Wildland Firefighter. San Francisco: Harper (July 2002). 288 pp. ISBN 0062517775.

Pernin, the Rev. Peter, "The Great Peshtigo Fire: An Eyewitness Account." Madison, Wis.: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1971. Reprinted from the Wisconsin Magazine of History, 54:246-272 (Summer, 1971). [New 2nd Edition (1999)]

Pyne, Stephen J. Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997.  [Pyne integrates the history of fire with ecology, agriculture, logging, and resource management. He includes a vivid description of the Peshtigo fire and the other fires of 1871.]

Sewell, Alfred L. "The Great Calamity!": Scenes, incidents and lessons of the great Chicago fire of the 8th and 9th of October, 1871. Also some account of other great conflagrations of modern time, and the burning of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Chicago: A.L. Sewell, 1871.

Tilton, Frank. Sketches of the Great Fires in Wisconsin: Sketch of the Great Fires in Wisconsin at Peshtigo, the Sugar Bush, Menekaunee, Williamsonville, and Generally on the Shores of Green Bay; with Thrilling and Truthful Incidents by Eye Witnesses. Green Bay Historical Bulletin (1931). Reprint of 1871 ed. published by Robinson & Kusterman.

Vogel, Carole Garbuny. Nature's Fury: Eyewitness Reports of Natural Disasters. New York: Scholastic, 2000 (juvenile literature).

Waskin, Mel. Mrs. O'Leary's Comet: Cosmic Causes of the Great Chicago Fire. Chicago, IL: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1985. [Theorizes that fires in Chicago, Peshtigo, and Manistee, Mich. were caused by an "impact event."]

Wells, Robert W. Embers of October. Peshtigo, Wis.: Peshtigo Historical Society (1995). Original copyright 1968, Prentice-Hall. [This is a special reprint of Fire at Peshtigo, the original editions of which are out of print.]

_____. Fire at Peshtigo. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1968. Out of print.

_____. Fire at Peshtigo (in Fire and Ice: Two Deadly Wisconsin Disasters). Madison, Wis.: Northword, Inc. (1983). [Out of print.]

Whitney, Eugene C.. "The Great Fire of 1871, October 8." LaCrosse Small Collection 63, U.W. LaCrosse Area Research Center.

Wisconsin Legislature, Journal of Proceedings of the 26th Annual Session, 1873. Archives of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. [Selected transcript]

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