Yellow fever struck hard on N.C. coast

“With few exceptions the [Civil War] years passed without significant outbreaks. [One] epidemic, carried in by blockade runners, struck Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1862, taking almost 450 lives…An 1863 yellow fever attack on the Union army at New Bern was the worst; 700 soldiers lost their lives.”

— From “Yellow Jack: How Yellow Fever Ravaged America and Walter Reed Discovered Its Deadly Secrets” (2005) by John R. Pierce and Jim Writer

But where were the koozies in 1910?


Not to disparage the wide range of merch offered at, but New Bern’s 300th anniversary commemorative medallions, tote bags, T-shirts, shot glasses and can koozies surely pale in comparison with this colorful celluloid badge (click to enlarge) from the city’s 200th anniversary celebration.