My son emailed me the link to the following fascinating, but macabre, Civil War incident. Just one more reminder that the Civil War wasn’t all that civilized.
A Union soldier who survived 19 gunshot wounds
By John J. Dunphy
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the distinguished Supreme Court justice, served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was wounded in three battles: Ball’s Bluff; Antietam and Chancellorsville. I marveled that he managed to survive three gunshot wounds, especially when one considers the primitive, inept medical practices of that era. Then, however, I learned about a Union soldier who survived no less than 19 gunshot wounds that he received from Confederates in a botched execution attempt. The ordeal of Pvt. William Brown surely comprises one of the most astonishing incidents of the Civil War.