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October 8, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(15):854-856. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450150040001r

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There was a great deal of sickness at Chickamauga Park. You would not expect to put 60,000 men in a camp seven miles square and keep them there all summer without sickness. Furthermore, a large number, the great majority, were from northern climates and not only had they that to contend with, but their entire mode of living had been changed, and they were necessarily subjected to daily drill of about five hours, required to educate them to be soldiers. In addition to this they had their camp duties to perform and their own necessities to look after, and it was but natural that some of them should become ill. Volunteer soldiers, without experience in camp life, great numbers of whom at home were unaccustomed to hard work and plain food, would naturally suffer some inconvenience. In every army there is an element which, if not restrained, will abuse themselves

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