Life NRA,SUVCW # 48,Legion 352
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|hardy it happened occasionally w/ Cannon but w/ small arms it was fairly rare.
The most common injury related to firearms handling to the Union soldier was to the right hand. Either the loss of a finger or two while ramming home a round and powder w/ a spark catching. While this could happen my own research shows it to have been uncommon w/ any percussion weapon being more likely to happen w/ a flintlock. But the more common was a man in the excitement of the moment slamming his hand down on the ramrod instead of properly grasping it to ram home the bullet. Ramrod through the palm... ouch and rather debilitating.