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Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820

 
 
1820-23 Nationwide: "fever" starts on Schuylkill River, PA and spreads image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. 1820-23 Nationwide: "fever" starts on Schuylkill River, PA and spreads
Inscription.
In this cemetery many victims of the
Great Yellow Fever Epidemic
of 1820

were buried.

Nearly 700 Savannahians died
that year, including two local
physicians who lost their lives
caring for the stricken.

Several epidemics followed. In 1854
The Savannah Benevolent Association
was organized to aid the families
of the fever victims.

 
Erected 1970 by The Trustees Garden Club.
 
Location. 32° 4.532′ N, 81° 5.371′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on E. Oglethorpe Ave, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Ga. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nathanael Greene, Maj. Gen., Continental Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugh McCall (1767-1823) (within shouting distance of this marker); James Habersham (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Habersham (1751-1815) (within shouting distance of this marker); Button Gwinnett
Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Major John Berrien (1759-1815) (within shouting distance of this marker); William Scarbrough (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820. 1820 was also the year of the yellow fever epidemic in which over a tenth of Savannah's population perished. From her early days Savannah had suffered yellow fever epidemics, and 1820 was not the last year of this disease, which recurred in stages until the end of the century.
 
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1. Death at Savannah; Two Vessels Quarantined. In the days before vaccinations and improved medical techniques, outbreaks of disease such as Yellow Fever were met with quarantines and travel restrictions. This article from the New York Times from 1876 testifies to the reaction. (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Yellow Fever. The Center for Disease Control continues
Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 Marker
to issue travel warnings for some areas of Africa and South America. The disease is not native to the continental United States, but rather "carried" by infected persons or animals. When a particular species of mosquito feeds on an infected host (person or animal), the disease can then be spread. Thus prevention focuses on suppression of the mosquito population and screening of travelers from countries where Yellow Fever is still active. (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
4. Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 Marker
partial view of Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. partial view of Colonial Park Cemetery
As General William T. Sherman pillaged and burned his way through Georgia during the Civil War, Union cavalry troops quartered in Savannah used the gated cemetery as a corral and grazing ground for their horses. Some of the cavalrymen dug for valuables among the graves. Local legend also says the mischievous Union troopers played a macabre joke on their vanquished foes by switching around many of the headstones
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 9,532 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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