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.