Cause of disease.
The sudden aggregation of these men at a camp unprepared for their reception, originally designed for only ten thousand men, developed many unsanitary conditions, which combined with preexist-ing causes, evolving sickness and stamping it with a greater virulence.
The most prominent of these were: The men came from a higher latitude and unaccustomed to a Southern climate in the most unhealthy season of the year, August.
The temporary detective police of the camp, and the insufficient protection in quarters, and the bread ration, consisting of corn-meal
used largely in the South
, to which they were unaccustomed, contributed to the spread of diarrhoea and dysentery, which was the cause of eighty-six per cent of the entire number of deaths.
But the evil influences exercised by the camp conditions and diet would not have been followed by the same mortality had the same ground and shelters been crowded to the same extent with well-disciplined troops waiting for the opening of a campaign.