RE: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Sherman and his estimates....
- First, because no one knew how many men would be required.
Second, the men enlisted have to be fed armed, clothed and housed. Read some
of the accounts of peacetime mobilization of the US in 1940 and see what a
mess it was.
Third, people had no idea that disease would be so devastating. Of course,
the deaths also occurred over time.
The common impression or bias was that healthy farm boys would show those
sickly city slickers. What n one understood was that the sickly city
slickers had contracted and lived through the common childhood diseases.
Things like measles.
but the healthy farm boys, living in semi-isolation on their farms and small
towns, when gathered together, had no previous immunity and a little thing
like measles would shoot through them, killing by the scores.
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
From: Clyde Thompson [mailto:cl3454@...]
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2001 12:37 PM
Subject: Re: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Sherman and his estimates....
Why are we afraid of calling up too many troops
when 199,720 died of disease. Clyde