Monthly Meeting Report – September, 2013

September, 2013  Monthly Meeting

At our September meeting John Moseley, assistant site manager at Fort Fisher, talked about scurvey and the importance of vitamin C in controlling that disease. Many soldiers and sailors of the 16th to 18th centuries were afflicted and many strange theories were suggested as the cause and ways to prevent it.

Sir Gilbert Blane (1749- 1834) was the British naval doctor who first recommend lime or lemon juice, thus the term “limeys” for British sailors. Soldiers posted at Forts Fisher and Anderson were very poorly fed so the men started vegetable gardens to supplement their diets.