Virtually every news report I read or listened to regarding Floyd’s approach to land included the statement that the 2.6 million order to leave their homes was “the largest peacetime evacuation in US history”.
What wartime evacuation would have been larger? Going backwards:
Persian Gulf - away game
Vietnam- " "
Korea " "
WW II " " (mostly)
I guess So. Calif. might have had some evacuation, and Japanese could be said to have been “evacuated” if you like euphemisms, but I can’t think either of these would have been 2.6 million. Hawaii had nowhere to evacuate to…
WW I away game
Spanish-American " "
Indian Wars home game, but not near any population centers approaching 2.6 million.
Civil War Home game MAYBE Atlanta, again I doubt 2.6 million back then.
Mexican-American Home game - no nearby populations to evacuate, though
War of 1812 Home Game I guess the East coast population centers did come under attack, but if “Star-Spangled Banner” is accurate, folks didn’t head for the hills.
Am Revolution Home game I can’t think of anywhere with 2.6 million; I don’t think the whole 13 colonies had that many.
So am I missing something? Or are all the news reports just quoting each other because they’re too lazy to independently check these things out?
Sue from El Paso