The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 93
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the days of the war, and in a commanding tone, he called, "I
want these stores taken from my commissary."
On the second day of illness, according to the record, General
Hood told Dr. Bemiss that if he could not win the fight, he wanted
the physician to let him go off easily.
On August 29 the abdominal pains became worse, and twice
he had black vomit. Later that day he was clear mentally, and
when asked by General Ogden how he felt, he answered, "God's
will be done and not mine. What God does is right, General."
Later in the afternoon his breathing was heavy, and he became
stuporous. Hood died at 3:35 on Saturday morning, August 30,
The assumption that General Hood died of yellow fever is
justified, but the possibility cannot be overlooked that Weil's
disease, an entity which is clinically indistinguishable, was the
cause. An organism morphologically similar to the spirochete of
Weil's disease was seen in the kidney sections of a patient dying
of so-called yellow fever in the New Orleans epidemic of 1905, a
discovery which has led many physicians to entertain the supposi-
tion that some of the cases which were diagnosed as yellow fever,
especially during epidemics, were in reality Weil's disease.4
3Democrat (New Orleans), September 9, 1879.
4A. M. Stimson, "A Note on an Organism Found in Yellow Fever Tissue," United
States Public Health Reports, XXIII, 541.
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