Henderson County, Kentucky


The "cold plague," as it was called, made its appearance in 1814, and certainly was one of the most remarkable and incomprehensible diseases ever known up to that time.  In March it raged with great fatality.  The consternation produced, was far greater in Nelson, Hardin and Grayson, than in this county.  The doctors found it a new type, and not only a new type, but one completely dumb-founding.  Those attacked were seized with a chilly sensation, which continued for a short time.  It made rapid work and the freezing sensation increased until the patient lost all feeling of warmth, and literally froze to death .

History of Henderson County, KY by E. L. Starling, Page 142

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