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Official figures state cholera epidemic raging across the country has killed more than 10,000.

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12/01/1866

The U.S. Bureau of Statistics sought responses from fifty-three American cities and towns and all U.S. Army posts for a count of the deaths suffered in the ongoing cholera epidemic over the past four months.  Combined fugures gave this total of deaths as 10,805. This included around 800 in New York City,  889 in Memphis, Tennessee, and 1,200 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  St. Louis, Missouri reported the highest number, 3,532.  (By John Osborne)

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"Asiatic Cholera," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 111.

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