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6th NY Cavalry - Kicked by a Horse & Killed by a Train

Discussion in 'Medical Care of the Civil War' started by lelliott19, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. lelliott19

    lelliott19 Sergeant Major Forum Host Trivia Game Winner

    Mar 15, 2013
    Image from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, published March 14, 1863.

    Private Joseph Osbourne Bivins of Company B, 6th New York Cavalry
    age 32, served as a farrier, shoeing the horses of the regiment. On June 19, 1863, while shoeing a horse, he was kicked in the face by the horse. (I wonder if he was using the technique illustrated above? Seems a likely way to get kicked in the jaw? @EJ Zander )

    He was treated by Regimental Asst Surgeon, S C Sanger, who relates the details: The heel caulk (the projections on the rear of the iron horseshoe) "implunged the anterior aspect of the lower jaw, a little to the right of the symphysis, and drove inward a large portion of the alveolar process to which six teeth were attached." The fragment was "secured in its place by silk cord and silver wire, two small braces made of cork being placed between the movable teeth and the corresponding ones of the upper jaw."

    Less than two months later, Bivins was evidently good as new, and was returned to duty Aug 13, 1863. He rejoined the regiment in camp on August 18, 1863 and was mustered out on September 19, 1864. https://archive.org/stream/medicalsurgical32barnrich#page/648/mode/2up - page 649

    Fast forward 36 years to Jan 17, 1899. Joseph Osbourbe Bivins, age 67, was struck by a an east-bound train at the Main Street crossing at Narrowsburg, NY at about 7 pm January 17, 1899 and "hurled fifteen feet, landing upon the west-bound track....He was carried to his home where he died ten hours later."


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  3. Nathanb1

    Nathanb1 Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host Retired Moderator

    Dec 31, 2009
    Smack dab in the heart of Texas
    Poor Joseph Bivins! Shoeing horses is a dangerous occupation... both my dad and granddaddy did it till they were in their 80's and the women of the family made them quit.

    I guess he could have commiserate with Grierson had they ever met.

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