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I haven’t been able to find anything specific on Lieutenant Colonel Walter E. Lawrence of the 1st Ohio Volunteer Artillery. But in researching, I have found that there isn’t any major battle that occurred in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, until a bit after he died. So I’m going to speculate that Lawrence was one of the staggering number of soldiers who died, not from battle, but from the diseases that ravaged the ranks of both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. The Civil War was terribly bloody, but numerous historians over the years have crunched the numbers and estimated that diseases took twice as many lives as did bullets and shells. Diseases like smallpox, tuberculosis, dysentery, malaria, measles, mumps, and typhoid fever found fertile ground in cramped, dirty tent cities and could decimate a regiment that was miles away from any combat.

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