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Regtl. Staff Chickamauga 2018
- Mar 15, 2013
"Captain R. E. Wilbourne, provides a much more detailed account of the actual wounding, and severity of Jackson's injuries. Wilbourne states that Jackson's entire party, with the exception of himself and a member of the signal core, lieutenant William Win, had been killed, wounded, or dispersed. Wilbourne and Win helped Jackson down from his horse, and Wilbourne used a penknife to cut away the India rubber coat, dress coat, and two shirts from Jackson's bleeding arm. He bound a handkerchief tightly above and below the wound and placed the arm in a sling. Jackson was given whiskey and an immediate evacuation ordered as the federal line was not more than 150 yards to the east. Captain Lay arrived at the litter and Jackson was placed upon it. One litter bearer was shot through both arms by artillery fire, dropping the litter. Jackson fell to the ground, landing on his wounded side. He began, quote, bleeding afresh." May 3rd -10th marks the anniversary of Stonewall Jackson's wounding and death. We've had some great threads about the circumstances and events leading up to the wounding.
For those who would like to learn more about the medical details of Stonewall Jackson's wound and subsequent care, I'm providing a link to a very detailed video of Wayne E. Richenbacher, M.D., speaking before the History of Medicine Society January 24, 2013. His presentation is entitled "The Demise of Stonewall Jackson, a Civil War Case Study" and it includes some details you may have never heard before! http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/histmed/id/53
The video is about 56 minutes in length. Dr. Richenbacher's presentation begins at about 3:00 minutes in. He provides background on Jackson and Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire and then, at about the 20:00 minute mark, details the aftermath of Jackson's wounding and subsequent medical care, citing a number of primary sources.