SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 18.
At 9 o’clock this evening the Connecticut river was 19 feet above low water mark, and rapidly rising. This is within 4 feet, 4 inches of the great flood of May 1st, 1854. Such a rise of the river without rain is unparalled [sic].
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, April 21, 1862, p. 1