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Minie Ball Wounds

Discussion in 'Civil War Weapons and Ammunition' started by allenhs, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. lelliott19

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    Try the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, Volume 3, Part 2. Pages 685-725 provides complete information about the types of wounds/impact resultant from a variety of projectiles (including exploding balls, large projectiles, and projectiles from small arms. It even has pictures :speechless: like this one from page 713 showing entrance wounds and corresponding exit wounds. :sick::cold: https://archive.org/stream/medicalsurgical32barnrich#page/712/mode/2up
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    One G-grandfather was wounded in the shoulder at Corinth in 1862. It was a flesh wound and healed sufficiently for him to continue in the war through Vicksburg where he was paroled, Atlanta and then Nashville, his last battle. After the war he went to medical school and became a small town doctor. His daughter, my grandmother, related this story to me on several occasions. His wound never healed properly and from time to time would bother him. When Grandmother was a teenager he had her probe it to see if he could get some relief. This would have been about the turn of the century. She was able to pull out a small piece of uniform cloth, after which the wound quickly healed and gave him no trouble for the last 20 years of his life.
     
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    Even in the carnage of WW1, rules were allegedly drawn not to use certain weapons which would kill as oppose to severely wound. One such weapon was the trench knife which had a triangluar blade. One stabbed, the wound was such the the surgeon could not stitch it closed. The USA stopped using the knife after 1918 or so.

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