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 Posted: Mon Apr 21st, 2008 05:42 am
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have ever read state that he was wounded by a spent minnie.
Do we know that it was a minie? Will agree that the chunk of lead was probably spent, as one that wasn't would have done some serious damage to his knee.

It would have had to come from directly behind him or to the right of behind. As we don't know which way he was facing when he was hit, we can't know from which side the missile came.

There are still a couple of questions: A spent ball penetrates his uniform and has enough force to perforate the artery behind his knee. From what distance might a ball travel to have enough power left to do that without blowing his knee off? I don't know that we're ever going to reach a conclusion, but it is fun to speculate. Isn't it?


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