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In Their Own Words

February 04, 1866

Diary Entry Smallpox

Less than a year after the Civil War, Atlanta faced a worsening smallpox epidemic, as noted in the diary of local merchant Samuel P. Richards:

“There is a great deal of smallpox now in our city. Some 300 or 400 cases it is said.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 705.