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FORT GRATIOT - THE SENTINEL OF THE SHORE

Cholera Epidemic of 1832 - The Sheldon Thompson sailed on to Fort Gratiot (Port Huron) and landed about 50 of the troops. By the next day when the Henry Clay arrived in the St. Clair River cholera had winnowed the sailor's ranks like a wave sweeping over the decks. As soon as the Henry Clay anchored, the men rushed to shore fleeing the disease. Some ran to the fields, some to the woods, others lay in the streets and sought shelter under the river banks. Most of them died alone.

Fort Gratiot Hospital

Cholera Epidemic of 1832

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