23 April 2015

On This Day: Leprosy exists in Adams County

There was a case of leprosy in New Oxford, Adams County On This Day in 1880. The victim is a Civil War veteran. He was discharged in 1865 after contracting the incurable disease during his service. He receives disability from the government.

The article, which ran in the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, did not identify the soldier by name. 

Leprosy is a chronic, infectious disease causing skin lesions and nerve damage.


Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 23 April 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.