October 23, 1862, Mobile Register and Advertiser (Alabama)
A friend writes us as follows: “I have been using persimmon syrup for ten years past for dysentery and am persuaded that it has no equal as a remedy for this troublesome disease. It is a simple, harmless and effectual astringent. It is made of persimmons before they are quite ripe. They should be mashed up, put into boiling water, and then strained through a coarse cloth. This rough juice may be preserved in sugar or syrup. If our soldiers in camp would adopt this remedy many long cases of chronic dysentery might be prevented.— Columbus Sun.