The Calvin Shedd Papers > Background > Smallpox


Date(s) of Letter(s) Little, Henry F. W.  The Seventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion.  Concord, New Hampshire:  Seventh New Hampshire Veteran Association, 1896. 
March 15, 1862
April 25, 1862
After week's voyage of the Tycoon, a case of small-pox was discovered in Company G.  Soon after that, another case appeared.  The surgeons on board, however, did not diagnose it as such.  After the barque had landed at Fort Jefferson, the surgeons there made it known that the disease was small-pox.  Between decks, more than four hundred men had been diagnosed with the desease.  ( pp. 36-37)

"About March 12, the men were all ordered to be vaccinated as a preventative of small-pox, which was now beginning to show itself, especially among the men who had been exposed on the Tycoon, and a hospital was established over on Bird Key." (pp. 38-39).