Diseases Killed more Soldiers than Bullets

Diseases Killed more Soldiers than Bullets

Did you know … Some Civil War soldiers caught smallpox, a contagious and sometimes fatal disease. Susie King Taylor serves as nurse One Civil War nurse, Susie King Taylor, drank sassafras tea constantly. She believed that drinking this tea kept her blood clean, preventing her from catching smallpox. This was a common belief in Civil War times. Sassafras tea may have helped Susie remain strong Even today, many people claim that sassafras tea is a blood purifier (cleanser), but there’s no evidence that it kept Susie from catching this disease. Cases of varioloid, which is form of smallpox, broke out among some of the soldiers. One soldier had an extremely serious case of the disease. He was separated from others and placed in his own tent. To prevent others from...

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