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        Smallpox Inoculation Letter

        Identify George Washington’s priority for vaccination against smallpox during the American Revolution through analysis of this primary source and transcription. This letter is one example of many inoculation directives sent to different recruitment offices; it shows the priority he gave to the medical health of his soldiers which, in turn, strengthened his forces during the American Revolution.  Analyze the transcription (See Support Materials -> For Students) to better understand the recruitment process and medical challenges during the 18th Century. Explore the full collection of George Washington and the American Revolution resources.

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