Liberty or Death
Ran across this and got a pretty good chuckle out of it. I also have some ammo to use on all my "healthy lifestyle" coworkers.
I would think infections would have played a big part with-out having any medication to fight it off. Even a small wound could be deadly back then.I forgot to include the part that violence, exposure to the elements and no medicine may have had a small part in the short life expectancy. Details, details.