Diary of Orrin Brown—Dec 26, 1864

Savannah-Area Floodplain (Modern)

Diary of Orrin Brown, Savannah, Georgia

Monday–Dec. 26th

It commenced raining last night about 7 Oclock and it rained very hard for an hour or two then slacked up a little but rained all the fore part of the night & we got up this morning and found ourselves in a miserable mudhole, it continued cloudy all day. We had to clean up our guns today for review. The mail comes in every day but I have got none yet. Read 4 Chapt. in Testament today.

Savannah was sited in 1733 about 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean in a low-lying area prone to flooding.  This is good if you’re growing rice, but not so good for human habitation.  The area has a humid subtropical climate—temperatures seldom reach freezing, although nighttimes can dive as low as 20 °F—with about 50″ of rain a year.



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