Chamberlain Most injured Civil War General

Carronade

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5 at Antietam, 1 at Sherpardstown, 1 at Ft Steedman = 7.
The question for me is whether the dirt in his eyes at Malvern Hill counts

I'd count it, it was caused by a shot, and the blindness could easily have been permanent. The British admiral Nelson lost the sight of his right eye in a similar way, while operating ashore at the siege of Calvi in Corsica, a cannonball hit a rock and hit him with fragments.
 

diane

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Forrest suffered a gunshot lodged in his pelvis, cracked ribs, and what else?

Cleburne, shot in the face and lost a few teeth, was he ever further injured before his death?

I think Joe Johnston might just win this contest - he was shot nine times BEFORE he went down at Seven Pines. Cleburne was shot in the chest during a ruckus in Helena before the war, and was shot either in the leg or the arm - don't know which battle.

If we're counting accidents caused by battle, I think Forrest might win. He was shot four times - in the left hip at Shiloh, in the foot at Tupelo, along the back (or arm, it's not clear) at Tunnel Hill and in the same hip by Gould. Having so many horses shot out from under him, he fell off them a lot - dislocated the same right shoulder at least three times. Cracked two or three ribs from a horse rolling over him at Ft Pillow. Was temporarily paralyzed when a cannonball went through his horse just behind his legs - lots of blood, too. At Ebenezer Church, he was attacked by a Union captain who chopped up his right arm, head and right shoulder before Forrest shot him dead.

I think he's even on Ol' Joe!
 

3rd TN Cav USA

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William Dorsey Pender was wounded at Glendale, 2nd Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville before receiving his final and fatal wound at Gettysburg.

I seem to remember reading a battle reprt mentioning that Pender managed to NOT get wounded during a battle. Details? Nope. I got none just a vague memory.
 

Desert Kid

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I think Joe Johnston might just win this contest - he was shot nine times BEFORE he went down at Seven Pines. Cleburne was shot in the chest during a ruckus in Helena before the war, and was shot either in the leg or the arm - don't know which battle.

If we're counting accidents caused by battle, I think Forrest might win. He was shot four times - in the left hip at Shiloh, in the foot at Tupelo, along the back (or arm, it's not clear) at Tunnel Hill and in the same hip by Gould. Having so many horses shot out from under him, he fell off them a lot - dislocated the same right shoulder at least three times. Cracked two or three ribs from a horse rolling over him at Ft Pillow. Was temporarily paralyzed when a cannonball went through his horse just behind his legs - lots of blood, too. At Ebenezer Church, he was attacked by a Union captain who chopped up his right arm, head and right shoulder before Forrest shot him dead.

I think he's even on Ol' Joe!

Makes you wonder if Forrest was a Terminator in disguise with how beat up he got.
 

Tin cup

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I know General William Bate was wounded in battle.
Bate was wounded severely in the leg during the first day's fighting at Shiloh, and an Army surgeon told him it would be necessary to amputate his leg to save his life. Bate drew his pistol, threatening to shoot the surgeon, and kept his leg. He was shot in the knee in a skirmish at Willis' Grist Mill near Atlanta on August 10, 1864. I think in all he was wounded 3 times, but I can't remember when the 3rd time was.
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diane

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He actually didn't lose the arm, just the use of it, and to what extent is still being debated.

That happened with Longstreet's throat injury - the nerves to the right arm were damaged. That's why they studied his injury more and discovered he was actually shot in the back and it exited the front of the throat. He couldn't speak much above a raspy whisper and couldn't use the arm.

Speaking of all these injuries, it's astounding these tough old timers survived what would kill most of us outright!
 

Rob9641

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There's a lot of Vietnam veterans who still use a ton of hot sauce. Those C-Rations were awful and hot sauce covered up a multitude of sins! (I know they were awful because we used to get them on the rez - army surplus.)

Wow. Army surplus hot sauce on blocks of fake Velveeta cheese. You guys on the rez really got the Cordon Bleu treatment, didn't you?
 

diane

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Wow. Army surplus hot sauce on blocks of fake Velveeta cheese. You guys on the rez really got the Cordon Bleu treatment, didn't you?

Lol! Commodity cheese is the only cheese I really like! We got strange stuff in the commods boxes - little shovels, socks, diabetes check kits, tin cups...although we were a little suspicious the time we got the blankets... :cautious:
 

Lazy Bayou

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Lol! Commodity cheese is the only cheese I really like! We got strange stuff in the commods boxes - little shovels, socks, diabetes check kits, tin cups...although we were a little suspicious the time we got the blankets... :cautious:
Wasn't the blankets what small pox was spread with?
 
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Probably not the top guy but I know William Dorsey Pender was wounded a lot during the war

"Pender is an excellent officer, attentive, industrious and brave; has been conspicuous in every battle, and, I believe, wounded in almost all of them." - ROBERT E. LEE
 
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