The Grim Historian
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The Grim Historian

This Article Stinks! — A Smelly Whiff of History

Cover your noses…the nineteenth-century was foul

A London Board of Health hunting after cases like cholera. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

“Heaps of manure, reeking with rain…”

TThat is how one soldier described the smell of the dead after the Battle of Gettysburg. If only Civil War photos came with scratch and sniff. We could then reach back into the past and breath in the saltpeter — acrid, sulphuric — mixed…

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Carlyn Beccia

Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: CarlynBeccia.com