Due to a smallpox epidemic among the defenders of Fort Donelson, this river battery is all that stood between the Union Army and Nashville, TN — and the heart of Confederate Industry and Rail Traffic

Today’s Mess is Due to a Smallpox Outbreak in 1862.

And this is not history repeating itself.

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6 min readOct 18, 2020

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There can be no doubt that the American Civil War is one of the most significant events in human history. The outcome would decide the direction of the free world and shape global politics, and warfare itself, for hundreds of years.

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