Friday, August 9, 2013

Diphtheria Outbreak

Sunday, August 9, 1863

Although the weather remained exceedingly hot at Camp Bowers, the temperature cooled from 108 degrees to 100 degrees. The extreme heat exacted a toll, as the diphtheria outbreak had become more widespread and malignant.1

1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 190-92.

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