Epilepsy and the Revolutionary War

Discussion in 'Revolutionary War' started by Josh Nieters, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Josh Nieters

    Josh Nieters New Member

    I've been researching epilepsy in the military and I was wondering if people with epilepsy were allowed to enlist back in the Revolutionary War.
  2. Josh Nieters

    Josh Nieters New Member

    I recieved an e-mail from the U.S. Army medical department. Here's part of it:
    I suspect it is more-of-the-same: if you had petit mal and didn't show symptoms, you could enlist. If you had obvious problems, you would be kept out. Moreover, most militia was locally enlisted, on a township or county basis, so it would be a man's neighbors who would know his medical history and it would be harder to lie about something. However the Continental Army was centrally enlisted, so there was a chance to sneak into another organization.

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