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The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia in 1855

1st U.S. Colored Cavalry

“Death as a sailor bringing yellow fever to New York” — Yellow fever had ravaged America’s port cities since the 18th century: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, Savannah, and New Orleans. This illustration was published by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (date unknown).

The Ben Franklin sailing from St. Thomas to New York  made an unscheduled stop at Gosport for repairs. Yellow fever soon claimed dozens of lives every day. Thousands would die. Those who could, fled the area. Entire families perished. Doctors, ministers, and local officials died. Newspapers shut down. There were no more coffins. John Jones, an enslaved man who worked for undertakers, O’Brien & Quick, collected the bodies. Grateful citizens collected money to purchase his freedom but Virginia law required  a manumitted slave to leave the state within a year of emancipation and Jones declined the offer. He died about a decade after the “Death Storm”…

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More On “Jayhawkers” & “Bushwhackers”

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Captain William Leeper 3’rd Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union)

In a previous post I noted that the term “Bushwhacker” seemed to be used interchangeably to describe partisans of either Southern or Northern sympathies in Southeast Missouri.

This also seems to be true with the term “Jayhawker”. Captain William Leeper of the 3’rd Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union) seemed to do this often.

In a dispatch dated October 12, 1863 Leeper writes:

“Captain, Commanding Expedition.

COLONEL: In obedience to your orders, I left Pilot Knob September 28, 1863, with Companies D, M, and L, Third Missouri State Militia Cavalry, numbering 150 men, with instructions to go toPocahontas, Ark., or any other point in that vicinity that seemed to demand attention. We reached Doniphan on the 30th ultimo. Company L having been sent by another road (somewhat to the right), killed 2 men en route. Also, on the 1st of…

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Forgotten Firearms

Eric Lancaster

The Apache Pistol

In a tight situation, it wasn’t uncommon for a knife to be pulled over a hand of cards. It was even the reason derringer pistols were made, but one weapon made for all tradesmen was also made. Introducing, the Apache Pistol; a combination of a revolver, knife, and brass knuckles.

Manufactured in 1869 by Louis Dolne it operates on using pin-fire cartridges and has foldable brass knuckles for the pistol grip, and a collapsible knife that functions both as a standard knife and bayonet. The pistol is only effective at extremely short ranges (less than 3ft) because there is no barrel and no sights. Though the pistol was easily concealable due to its folding components and its small size when carried it was often unloaded because there was no trigger guard or safety. Like most pin-fire revolvers of the time, the cylinder must be removed, new rounds…

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Using the Term “Bushwhacker” to Deflect Blame

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Missouri “Bushwhackers” firing on a Union steamboat.

According to Civil War on the Western Border {.org} a “Bushwhacker” is defined as follows:

“The “bushwhackers” were Missourians who fled to the rugged backcountry and forests to live in hiding and resist the Union occupation of the border counties. They fought Union patrols, typically by ambush, in countless small skirmishes, and hit-and-run engagements. These guerrilla fighters harassed, robbed, and sometimes murdered loyal Unionist farmers on both sides of the state line. They interrupted the federal mail and telegraph communications, and (most troublesome to the Union command trying to quell the escalating violence in the border region) the bushwhackers held the popular support of many local farming families.”

In my January 31, 2020 post entitled “Who Murdered the Patterson Family” I noted that:

“In most history books the term “bushwhacker” refers to Southern partisan fighters on Missouri’s western border. Often these Southern partisans…

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