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The Daily Dispatch: September 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Retreat of the first Georgia Regiment from Carrick's Ford — a Thrilling Narrative. (search)
that Garibaldi's volunteers, who achieved such brilliant successes against the greatest odds in the field, became sick in large numbers as soon as they had nothing to do; but the moment the enemy came in sight the hospitals were speedily emptied, and the sick rushed to the front of the battle, eager to share with their comrades its perils and its glories. Another illustration of the happy influence of excitement upon the heath occurred some years ago during the prevalence of yellow fever in Havana. It was rumored that an enemy's fleet was approaching, and in this new and exciting occupation of the public mind the people forgot to be sick, and for some days there was not a single case of the epidemic. In all wars, even when conducted under the most favorable circumstances, the losses from sickness are much greater than those of battles. If it were proposed to storm Old Point or Arlington Heights, we should naturally shudder at the loss of life which would be the consequence, and