Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Smallpox Memorial
In memory of the Confederate Soldiers who died of smallpox in the hospitals of Lynchburg during the War between the States.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 24.933′ N, 79° 9.422′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street when traveling north. Marker is located within the Old City Cemetery grounds, about 1/10 mile north of 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women of Lynchburg's Confederate Hospitals (here, next to this marker); Lucy Mina Otey and the Ladie’s Relief Hospital (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Section (here, next to this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia (a few steps from this marker); The Confederate Memorial Arch (a few steps from this marker); Removal of Federal Dead (a few In Memory of Lucy Kirkwood Scott Hotchkiss (a few steps from this marker); Crippled Corps and V.M.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
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1. Fearing a Smallpox Epidemic, Civil War Troops Tried to Self-Vaccinate. Smallpox was just one note in a symphony of terrifying diseases that killed more Civil War soldiers than bullets, cannon balls and bayonets ever did. Although estimates vary on the number of soldiers who died during the war, even the most recent holds that about two of every three men who died were slain by disease. (Submitted on September 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Smallpox and Vaccination in the Civil War. Both Union and Confederate regulations required the vaccination of all troops. Often this objective was not met since most regiments were raised by the individual states and the regulation was disregarded in the rush to send large numbers of men into battle. Since there had been no systemic vaccination of the civilian populations, many of the recruits had never been vaccinated or exposed to smallpox. (Submitted on September 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3, 4. submitted on March 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.