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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 03:12 am
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pamc153PA wrote:  was he really hunch-backed like the book makes him out to be? I can't tell in the pictures I've seen of him.




Pam, Kilpatrick had very severe kidney problems. There were times when he was so incapacitated by the condition that he had to ride in a wagon. It is said the the kidney problems were caused by a really wild ride on horseback leaping over fences and riding full speed at Hanover, Pennsylvania during the Gettysburg Campaign. He eventually died from Bright's disease.

I can't find any mention that he was actually hunchbacked.  He did stand only five feet, five inches tall and weighed 140. There were shorter and lighter weight generals than he was however.

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