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Here is another little known Civil War legacy accomplishment

What was the Great Glanders Epixootic of 1861-66 and what was its effect on both armies during the Civil War and after?

It was the explosive epidemic of the equine respiratory disease Glanders among horses and mules of both armies.  It spread to the civilian sector and left a legacy that figured into the beginning of modern agricultural medicine.  As an example, over 15 months at the Lynchburg, VA Confederate Quartermaster Depot, of the 6875 animals stabled, 1000 were sent to Lee’s army, 3000 died and 449 had to be  put down. The rest were considered unfit for service!  Drs. John Jay Terrell and John R. Page did extensive research at Lynchburg in what is considered a landmark study of early pathological experimentation.  Their work is regarded as the first important American contribution to Veterinary Medicine.  Dr Terrell is also credited with innovations in the treatment of smallpox which he developed concurrently while working at the Lynchburg Pest House. 

This is just another obscure Civil War story which I stumbled upon today while researching something else.  Reflection on the broader aspect of this and the inpact on the economic recovery of the South after the war leads me to ponder what else could have happened to damage the ravaged countryside?        

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