Outbreak in Washington, D.C.: The 1857 Mystery of the National Hotel Disease

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The National was once the grandest hotel in the capital. In 1857, it twice hosted President-elect James Buchanan and his advisors, and on both occasions, most of the party was quickly stricken by an acute illness. Over the course of several months, hundreds fell ill, and over thirty died from what became known as the National Hotel disease. Buchanan barely recovered enough to give his inauguration speech. Rumors ran rampant across the city and the nation. Some claimed that the illness was born of a sewage "effluvia," while others darkly speculated about an assassination attempt by either abolitionists or southern slaveowners intent on war. Author Kerry Walters investigates the mysteries of the National Hotel disease.
ISBN: 9781626196384
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: District of Columbia
Series: Disaster
Images: 35
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Kerry Walters received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati. He has been a professor at Gettysburg College for over twenty-five years and was named the William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy. Walters is the author of thirty-five books on philosophy and theology, and he has published several books on the Civil War. His first book with The History Press was "Explosion on the Potomac: The 1844 Calamity Aboard the USS Princeton."
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