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17839Re: Death on the Mississippi

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  • Will
    May 6, 2003
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      Thanks Dave.
      Good points to ponder.
      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, Dave Gorski <bigg@m...> wrote:
      > >
      > >Good points. I was thinking that long-term encampments would have
      > >better sanitary and shelter arrangements and the men would be
      > >rested than encampents of men campaigning.
      > Secretary Olmsted of the Sanitary Commission issued a
      > "Circular to the Colonels of the Army," in which he stated
      > that "It is well known that when a considerable body of men
      > have been living together in camp a few weeks a peculiar
      > subtle poison is generated..."
      > Another factor was that many soldiers were from rural areas
      > where they had not had exposure to common illnesses, and had
      > not built up any immunities. Groups in garrison were exposed to
      > and often died of childhood diseases.
      > Often soldiers who were hospitalized for wounds, died of some
      > disease that they had been exposed to while in the hospital,
      > especially typhoid.
      > Yet, another point is that a soldier on the move was likely to
      > have had occasion to have fresh fruits and vegetables than the
      > soldier stuck in camp for weeks on end. A better diet made
      > for a healthier soldier.
      > Regards, Dave Gorski
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