Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fact of the Day: Civil War Sickness

One of the leading causes of death in the American Civil War was not just combat, but rather a disease called dysentery which is an infection of the intestines which results in severe diarrhea and loss of blood. The diseases had spread rapidly through both armies mainly because of bad sanitation practices and the use of unclean water. 

12 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Bloody war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie Ann Lozada said...

oh... that's so sad... :(

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Emmylou said...

:( Wars of any kind is just too tragic.

Pat Hatt said...

Sickness gets both sides in the end

Christine said...

How terrible for them.

Mary Kirkland said...

Back then there were all kinds of illnesses that we just don't have to deal with these days.

Martha said...

Sounds awful!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

War is always accompanied by pestilence. Two of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Jen said...

Dysentery was no joke!!!

Birgit said...

Horrible thing to have and what a shame but I bet in happens even today

Kay said...

It's so horrible to think of that awful time.

Fundy Blue said...

It's hard to imagine how these soldiers suffered. War is such a waste of life and resources. I wish it would vanish from the world, but that's not likely.