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  • bvogler
    Don & List- I have read in several books & articles about the partisan war in the South, that Francis Marion s men in the swamps of SC mixed vinegar and water
    Message 1 of 5 , Nov 1, 2010
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      Don & List-

      I have read in several books & articles about the partisan war in the South,
      that Francis Marion's men in the swamps of SC mixed vinegar and water in
      their canteens. The sweat of men after drinking this mixture warded off
      mosquitoes. I have also read that this has been confirmed by modern tests.




      And so it goes,

      Bob V.



      >>>Don't know if this recent Washington Post article was circulated or not.
      Sounds plausible enough...
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/18/AR2010101803
      877.html?referrer=emailarticle
      Don N. Hagist
      http://revolutionaryimprints.com
      http://redcoat76.blogspot.com









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    • stormsail2@aol.com
      I ve got a couple of bottles of what I thought was supposed to be bargain red wine that should be vinegar (it s only fit to pour over salad)...wonder if it
      Message 2 of 5 , Nov 1, 2010
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        I've got a couple of bottles of what I thought was supposed to be
        "bargain" red wine that should be vinegar (it's only fit to pour over
        salad)...wonder if it works the same? Probably tastes a lot better than the mixture
        Marion's men made and if you drink enough of it, who cares if you get bit?

        YMH&OS
        Tom Burke


        In a message dated 11/1/2010 8:04:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
        bvogler@... writes:




        Don & List-

        I have read in several books & articles about the partisan war in the
        South,
        that Francis Marion's men in the swamps of SC mixed vinegar and water in
        their canteens. The sweat of men after drinking this mixture warded off
        mosquitoes. I have also read that this has been confirmed by modern tests.

        And so it goes,

        Bob V.

        >>>Don't know if this recent Washington Post article was circulated or not.
        Sounds plausible enough...
        _http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/18/AR201010180
        3_
        (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/18/AR2010101803)
        877.html?referrer=emailarticle
        Don N. Hagist
        _http://revolutionaryimprints.com_ (http://revolutionaryimprints.com/)
        _http://redcoat76.blogspot.com_ (http://redcoat76.blogspot.com/)

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      • robertaselig@juno.com
        Salut - the Continental Army as well as the French did this as well - after having started out with giving the troops whiskey. The problem with that was that
        Message 3 of 5 , Nov 2, 2010
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          Salut -

          the Continental Army as well as the French did this as well - after having started out with giving the troops whiskey. The problem with that was that the men would drink the whiskey rather then pour it into the canteen, which is a risk you don't run when you use vinegar.

          Bob
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          Subject: Re: [Revlist] Mosquitoes at Yorktown
          Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 20:10:59 EDT

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        • bdodgeweaver
          ... Dear All: Further to Don s recent post, the author of the article, Professor J.R. McNeill, is also the author of Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the
          Message 4 of 5 , Nov 18, 2010
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            --- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, "donhagist" <dhagist@...> wrote:
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            > Don't know if this recent Washington Post article was circulated or not. Sounds plausible enough...
            > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/18/AR2010101803877.html?referrer=emailarticle
            > Don N. Hagist
            > http://revolutionaryimprints.com
            > http://redcoat76.blogspot.com
            >

            Dear All: Further to Don's recent post, the author of the article, Professor J.R. McNeill, is also the author of "Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914." That book recently received a favorable review in the William & Mary Quarterly, the noted journal for early american history. My sense regarding the review is that it may do for malaria and yellow fever, what "Pox Americana" did for smallpox, namely, to draw the role of certain diseases in history back to our attention. The review praises not only McNeill's scholarship, but his ability to write in an engaging manner.

            The most recent issue of the Quarterly also includes an article about the role of Continental Army orderly book entries as a form of communication (and "literature" of a sort) in the Army, and what the entries tell us about the composers and the Army.

            Thad Weaver
            German Rt.
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