A massive outbreak of yellow fever swept over New Orleans, Louisiana in 1878 that it forced residents to take flight away from the city until the danger of this deadly disease passed. Resident John Bell Hood, the former General of the Confederacy and then-New Orleans businessman, was one of those who left to seek safety for his family. The outbreak of yellow fever of this year ended many lives and livelihoods.
The necessary stay from the city during this time saved the Hood family; however, it was devastating to General Hood's business interests. The family fell into poverty.
In 1879, the family's dire circumstances prevented them from leaving New Orleans during the fever months as they did before. Yellow fever once again broke out within New Orleans, however not as severe as the preceding year.
Fatefully, the Hoods were one of the few that the disease touched in 1879.
Shortly after the birth of their daughter Anna, Mrs. Hood died from its effects. John Bell Hood's oldest daughter died soon thereafter. Finally, General Hood himself succumbed to the disease.
The deaths of General Hood and his wife left their remaining 10 children orphans. Placing these children into families became a necessity. They were eventually adopted into families as far away as New York.
Anna Gertrude Hood, the newborn who is remembered here, was adopted by Moses and Bettie Joseph of Columbus, Georgia. Her young life ended shortly afterwards.
John Bell Hood (1831 - 1879)
Anna Marie Hennen Hood (1837 - 1879)
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Apr 19, 2007
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