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May 27, 1862: Yellow fever not as bad as expected

As we’ve seen, the threat of yellow fever was touted repeatedly by Southerners as the likely nemesis of the Yankee invaders to New Orleans. It was even suggested that bringing in large numbers of “unacclimated” Yankees would prompt an epidemic … Continue reading

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May 14, 1862: Bronze John

Yellow fever, here personified as “Yellow Jack” *********************** The Richmond Daily Dispatch quotes the New Orleans Picayune, warning about the expected suffering of the Yankees in New Orleans from yellow fever, referred to in the headline as “Bronze John”. The … Continue reading

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