On Tuesday night, July 23, a tornado was thought to hit the Thompson Park area of East Liverpool, but instead it was a down burst, according to the Morning Journal.
Still, the damage that the "down burst" did was dramatic with winds of 80 to 90 miles per hour.
I took a walk at the park today, and this is what I saw:
Friday, July 26, 2013
There are several grave markers in the Lisbon Cemetery that have remarkable stories actually written on them. Or, at least enough information to help you find their remarkable story. On the marker for Commander John Cornwell it tells that it is in his memory, that he was a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and that he is buried in Toulon, France. It also gives the date of his death as Feb 12, 1867.
Putting Mr. Cornwell into the computer, his whole story comes up. It was written by East Liverpool's own, Timothy Brookes, a local historian who has slid into the place of the amazing Joan Witt, who died suddenly in April of last year.
He wrote it for a publication called the Salt Water Buckeye.
My favorite thing about that article is the picture you find of Commander Cornwell. You actually see what he looked like. It is always nice to have a face to go with a name on a tombstone. It makes them more real.
He apparently died from too much stress, according to the ship surgeon, W.E. Taylor. He called the cause of death "Congestion of the brain."
Cornwell was the Commander of the double-turreted monitor, the U.S.S. Nahant.
First, what is a monitor? A Monitor is the class of relatively small warship which was neither fast nor strongly armored but carried disproportionately large guns.
Second, what was the U.S.S. Nahant?
Here is a picture of the ship, commissioned in 1862. Cornwell took command in 1865, right after the fall of Forte Sumter.
It was awesome to see a little of the past, just from reading a grave marker in Lisbon Cemetery. I look forward to doing that again.