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Letter written by Thomas concerning smallpox
Letter written by Thomas concerning smallpox 
 
The Cherokees that joined the Union Army not only fought against their brothers, but after the War are credited for returning to Western North Carolina with the dreaded smallpox. However, captured Confederate Cherokees were held in Federal prisoner of war camps and after the War, the paroled Cherokees, immediately returned to Western North Carolina and, most likely, also with smallpox.
Not combat, but mumps, measles and, after the War, smallpox were responsible for killing hundreds of Cherokees.
Smallpox is considered biological warfare and is currently deemed a "Weapon of Mass Destruction, a.k.a. WMD."