James Dabbs Photo & Letter


James M. Dabbs, like hundreds of others, would fall victim to yellow fever and come to the brink of death.  In a telegram from Monroe, James' wife, Olivia, would plead for a priest to give her husband the Last Rites.  James did not die.  He survived to write his wife this letter.  The letter shows a spirit of survival and hope as he promises to bring her and their infant child to join him soon now that the epidemic is over.   Their reunion would be brief.  James died three years later his health broken by the disease.

Location in Museum

Yellow Jack! Exhibit case




The Family of James and Olivia Dabbs
  • James Dabbs Yellow Fever surivivor