Mosquito soldiers : malaria, yellow fever, and the course of the American Civil War / Andrew McIlwaine Bell.
Publication year: c2010.
Call Number E621 .B352 2010
Media class: Book
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press
ISBN: 9780807135617 0807135615
MHI has the printed version of this thesis located in the stacks at: E621 .B35 2007a.
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"Of the 620,000 soldiers who perished during the American Civil War, the overwhelming majority died not from gunshot wounds or saber cuts, but from disease. And of the various maladies that plagued both armies, few were more pervasive than malaria -- a mosquito-borne illness which afflicted over 1.1 million soldiers serving in the Union army alone. Yellow fever, another disease transmitted by mosquitos, struck fear into the hearts of military planners who knew that 'yellow jack' could wipe out an entire army in a matter of weeks. In this ground-breaking medical history, Andrew McIlwaine Bell explores the impact of these two terrifying mosquito-borne maladies on the major political and military events of the 1860s, revealing how deadly microorganisms carried by a tiny insect helped shape the course of the Civil War... Bell also chronicles the effects of disease on the civilian population, describing how shortages of malarial medicine helped erode traditional gender roles by turning genteel southern women into smugglers. Southern urbanites learned the value of sanitation during the Union occupation only to endure the horror of new yellow fever outbreaks once it ended, and federal soldiers reintroduced malaria into non-immune northern areas after the war. Through this lively narrative, Bell reinterprets familiar Civil War battles and events from an epidemiological standpoint, providing a fascinating medical perspective on the war. By focusing on two specific diseases rather than a broad array of Civil War medical topics, Bell offers a clear understanding of how environmental factors serve as agents of change in history. Indeed, with Mosquito Soldiers, he proves that the course of the Civil War would have been far different had mosquito-borne illness not been part of the South's landscape in the 1860s"--Dust jacket.
Aedes, Anopheles, and the scourges of the South -- The glory of gangrene and "gallinippers" -- Mosquito coasts -- "The land of flowers, magnolias, and chills" -- "The pestilent marshes of the peninsula" -- "The roughest times any set of soldiers ever encountered" -- Biological warfare.
- Malaria : United States : History : 19th century.
- Mosquitoes as carriers of disease : United States : History : 19th century.
- Soldiers : Diseases : Confederate States of America : History : 19th century.
- Soldiers : Diseases : United States : History : 19th century.
- United States : History : Civil War, 1861-1865 : Health aspects.
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