Are Bugs Behind Civil War Death Toll?Breaking News
The bugs were torture to wartime soldiers. So were fleas and flies, all smaller and deadlier than any bullet, as Gary says.
"We had 110,000 die in battle-related injuries, 200,000 died of disease."
Gary blames insects for spreading much of the disease. And he should know. He gained his Civil War expertise as an entomologist. When reading those history books, he kept noticing bugs.
On Friday, July 10, 1863, one soldier wrote this to his wife: “The flies are in the millions, they are never off the table, dead and dying in every mouthful you eat."
It's not the stuff of Civil War reenactments, or even real photographs. Gary says he's only found one picture that even hints at the problems of insects. Yet, he says, they probably did more human harm than either North or South.
comments powered by Disqus
Vernon Clayson - 3/25/2006
Using today's standards the media and the opposition party would have blamed Lincoln personally for the number of bug related deaths, that would be on top of the dogs and hogs eating the dead which they, the media, would find particularly heinous. All of this was nature doing what nature does, it's all very basic, carrion draws scavengers. There's a moral here, it's much like the media, sharks of politics, being drawn to blood.
- Letters collection offers unique glimpse into ordeal of Australian aborigines
- War, More Than ISIS, Is Destroying Syria's Ancient Sites
- Pew Poll: Trust in government is at historic lows
- If "The Donald" Said It Happened, It Happened! And Don't You Forget It!
- Solved: the mystery of Britain’s Bronze Age mummies
- Anne Frank Faced Challenges Similar to Syrian Refugees, Richard Breitman Says
- Douglass North, Nobel Prize-winning economics historian, dies at 95
- Craig Shirley says Ted Cruz is right and the Huffington Post wrong about Ronald Reagan’s 1980 Presidential Campaign
- Mystery at Notre Dame: A priest-historian has been forced to back off a project promoting authentic Catholic education
- William & Mary launching a gay history project