Camp Mitchell in Jacksonville.

Camp Mitchell in Jacksonville.


Image Number

  • MSC3088

Year

  • 1888

Publication Info

  • Jacksonville, Fla. : Riverside Art Publishing, 1888.

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General Note

  • Accompanying note: "Camp Mitchell, situated seven miles from the city on the line of the Florida Railway and Navigation Co., and is used as a camp for refugees, Capt. W.C. Cooper in charge."
  • Yellow Fever raged through much of Florida in the spring of 1888, after the mayor of Tampa announced that the disease was present in his city. Alachua County placed guards at all rail and road entrances to the county, and an officer at the county line had authority to put off the train anyone without a health card or certificate. Nevertheless, Yellow Jack spread, reaching Jacksonville in July, then hitting Fernandina about August. In Fernandina, officials denied yellow fever was present, then called for state help when commerce stopped and looting began. He repeatedly denied yellow fever was in Fernandina, and so the Gainesville Guards were ordered to the stricken city. The guards, singing "We'll Hang the Yellow Jack to a Sour Apple Tree" boarded the Seaboard train for Waldo and Fernandina. Several guards died of yellow fever. Then, in September, yellow fever was declared epidemic in Gainesville. Fear was widespread, and families fled the city before a quarantine was set up and the county line sealed. No one will ever know how many persons died in Gainesville; many were buried in mass graves, and few records were kept.
  • "Neil Mitchell, M.D., President of Board of Health. Dr. Mitchell's house is shown, giving the reader an idea of a beautiful southern home."
  • "Kitty and I - 'The little Storck boy, the only one now left of the entire family, was discharged from the Sand Hills hospital yesterday as cured of yellow fever. He at once repaired to his old home, but found there only the family cat to greet him. Upon learning that his parents and brothers and sisters were all dead, he took the pet in his arms, heroically but pathetically remarked that they should begin life anew together.' - Times Union."

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  • 1 print - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

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Chicago Manual of Style

Camp Mitchell in Jacksonville. 1888. Black & white print, 8 x 10 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/326298>, accessed 21 May 2019.

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Camp Mitchell in Jacksonville. 1888. Black & white print. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 21 May. 2019.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/326298>.

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(State Archives of Florida)