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U.S. Army Surgeon General's New Orleans yellow fever collection 1867-1868
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Historical Note

In July 1867 an outbreak of yellow fever occurred in the city of New Orleans. By August, it had spread to the New Orleans contingent of U.S. troops occupying Louisiana. While the New Orleans Board of Health tended to civilians, the Chief Surgeon at New Orleans was authorized to employ nurses to tend to stricken U.S. soldiers. When the epidemic abated in early November, 3,107 civilians and 213 U.S. soldiers had died. [Information from: Carrigan, Jo Ann. Saffron scourge: a history of yellow fever in Louisiana, 1796-1905. (Louisiana State University, 1961).]