"Smallpox is ten times more terrible!" -Diseases during the Revolution, Dr. Benjamin Rush - American Minute with Bill Federer
On December 15, 1775, Washington explained to Joseph Reed that:
"... smallpox is in every part of Boston ... a surety against any attempt of ours to attack.
If we escape the smallpox in this camp ... it will be miraculous. Every precaution that can be is taken to guard against this evil."