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 Posted: Fri Apr 19th, 2013 06:54 pm
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Hellcat-

  To say that Sam Houston, Jr. was lucky to survive is an understatement. He was very lucky to have survived the Battle of Shiloh even before his stay at Camp Douglas.

  During the battle, Sam, Jr. was struck more than once and left for dead. As it turns out, his life was saved when a musket ball struck him in the chest. It went through his breast pocket and lodged in a Bible that he carried there.

Sam Houston Project  A picture of the Bible that saved Sam, Jr. can be seen on this site.

  Sam Houston, Sr. also sustained serious wounds in battle. While a junior officer serving under Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in March of 1814, he was struck in the groin by a Creek arrow, and also took musket balls to his arm and shoulder. The wound to the shoulder never healed properly, and it plagued him for the rest of his life. In the victorious Battle of San Jacinto in April of 1836, he received a serious wound to one of his ankles, which also caused him pain off and on for many years afterwards.

Last edited on Fri Apr 19th, 2013 07:02 pm by Texas Defender

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