Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~







Saturday, June 05, 2010

YELLOW FEVER

In July 1878, the city of Vicksburg was quarantined in an effort to stem the side of an onslaught of yellow fever which was sweeping the South, but by August the disease was declared an epidemic In Vicksburg.

Once again the Sisters of Mercy answered the call, and three moved into the City Hospital.  Assisted by others who commuted from the convent, they nursed as many as three hundred patients a day, and four surrendered their lives.

For 27 years thereafter, the Sisters were active in nursing at the City Hospital, until it was rechartered as the Kuhn Memorial State Hospital in 1905.  They also served during the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1897 and the influenza epidemic of 1918.  (To be continued)

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