Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

150 Years Ago: September 25, 1863: Epidemic Sickness a Blockade Problem

SEPTEMBER 25TH: Epidemic sickness was a persistent hazard of extended duty in warm climates. To illustrate, this date, Commodore H.H. Bell in New Orleans reported to Welles, "I regret to inform the Department that a pernicious fever has appeared on board the United States steamers repairing at this port from which some deaths have ensued. Some of the cases have been well-defined yellow fever, and others are recognized here by the names of pernicious and congestive fever." //// I am sure the recruiters didn't mention disease when getting new enlistees. //// --Old B-Runner

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