C. S. Crofut's Letter about Yellow Fever
In this letter, C. S. Crofut writes to his father of the yellow fever epidemic in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Crofut describes how the disease suspended business in Chattanooga and that "the people are dying like sheep." He also states that "Towns and Countys have quarantined against each other with armed guards to scare men from the infected parts, and some places let criminals leave when they feign symptoms of Yellow Fever."
- 1878 October 16
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This collection contains a letter written by C. S. Crofut on October 16th, 1878 that describes a yellow fever outbreak in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The letter is addressed to his father.
No biographical information is known about the sender or recipient. The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 began in the late summer and struck many southern American cities, including New Orleans, Little Rock, and Mobile. Memphis, Tenn., was hurt most with 5,000 casualties between August and November, and Chattanooga, Tenn., lost 366 citizens, including Mayor Thomas J. Carlisle, from August through October.
Collection consists of a single folder.
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