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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 09, 1861

Soldier Death from Measles

A Georgia soldier who had witnessed the death of a soldier from measles three days earlier saw the deceased’s brother pass the same way.

“…I reckon you have heard of Tom Sanders being dead. Now his brother John Sanders is dead. He died yesterday morning. He is up in town in a vault. … Both of them went just alike. They were going out of their heads all the time. John only lasted 2 days after his relapse. He was getting well and he went out and got drunk and then drunk as much cold water as he wanted. The next morning he could not walk nor never did again. He died in the same tent that Thom did. We can have no hope for their eternal welfare for they both swore to the last but that is with them and their Maker. It is not for us to say. …” Source: Elizabeth Whitley Roberson, In Care of Yellow River: The Complete Civil War Letters of Pvt. Eli Pinson Landers to His Mother (Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 1997), p. 38.