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 Posted: Thu Mar 27th, 2008 11:02 pm
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   Being mortally wounded does not necessarily mean that you will die on that day. It simply means that you have received a wound  that it is recognized will be the cause of your death. For example, being shot through the intestines was recognizable as a mortal wound because the surgeons of the day were unable to do anything effective about it.

  General Stuart received a mortal wound on June 11, 1864 and died the next day.

James Ewell Brown "J.E.B." Stuart (1833 - 1864) - Find A Grave Memorial

   Likewise, General Barksdale received a mortal wound on July 2, 1863 and died the next day.

 

William Barksdale (1821 - 1863) - Find A Grave Memorial

   General Armistead lingered for two days in a field hospital after receiving a mortal wound.

Lewis Addison Armistead (1817 - 1863) - Find A Grave Memorial

   All of this aside, I agree with you that it is more likely that the person who died on April 7, 1865 received his wound on the 7th, rather than on the 2nd. But that is not a certainty from the information available.

 

 

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