Fear of a disease-outbreak in Charleston

Foote also articulated one of the greatest fears that every POW had in crowded prison conditions; the fear of a disease outbreak. On August 3rd he wrote, “If we are not moved from here before long, some disease will break out. We are crowded up in filth.” Yellow Fever outbreak was particularly worrisome to the prisoners as well as to the city.  If the ‘Fever’ broke out among the prison population there was also great concern among Charleston residents that it would spread into the civilian population.  In fact, it was a Yellow Fever outbreak concern that resulted in Foote being moved from Charleston and transferred to Columbia in late September.  His Sept 29th diary entry reads, “One of our Officer’s died this morning (Lt. Stahl). Billious fever. Yellow Fever in the City.”  But Yellow Fever was a constant concern in all prison camps. At least one officer died in Columbia – Camp Sorghum – on October 16th according to Foote’s diary.

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