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6609RE: [TalkAntietam] Re: Wounding of "Greasy Dick" Richardson was A R Lawton Wounding

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  • G E Mayers
    Jul 8, 2011

      Apparently we did not know there was such a book. Thank you very
      much for basically putting an end to the discrepancies. So it
      appears, IIRC;, Krick was right!

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

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      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of
      > James Buchanan
      > Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 8:23 AM
      > To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Wounding of "Greasy
      > Dick" Richardson was
      > A R Lawton Wounding
      > Regarding Richardson.
      > Jack C. Mason in his Until Antietam: The Life and
      > Letters of Major General Israel B. Richardson, U.S.
      > Army (Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois
      > University Press, 2009) has this account:
      > "Richardson was struck in the upper part of his left
      > shoulder by a shell fragment, which passed downward,
      > possibly penetrating his left lung, inflicting a
      > severe wound." p. 189
      > Once removed to the Pry House, "the doctors tried to
      > remove the fragment of shell that was buried deep
      > within Richardson's chest. His surgeon, Dr. J.H.
      > Taylor, probed seven inches for the metal but was
      > unable to reach it. His fear and the medical opinion
      > was that the fragment had passed into the cavity of
      > the left lung, which must eventually produce his death." p. 192
      > "Early on, Richardson suffered from an attack of
      > pneumonia, which seemed to confirm the fact that his
      > lung had been critically damaged and the case would be
      > fatal. When he was able to fight off the pneumonia and
      > show progress in his recovery, the experts began to
      > think there was a chance for his survival." p. 193
      > Once past the pneumonia, he appeared to be making
      > progress on his recovery. His sister Marcella wrote,
      > "'Israel improves slowly but surely. The Dr. says he
      > has had continual drawbacks--only slight, but still
      > they keep him weak--and in bed, he has not set up for
      > a week. His pulse is good, sleeps most of the time,
      > has a little more appetite, takes very little
      > medicine. His wound is nearly well; gives him no pain
      > or uneasiness now. ..." pp. 193-194
      > "By the end of October, still at the Pry house,
      > Richardson's condition was starting to deteriorate. An
      > infection to the wound had set in, and Dr. Taylor
      > became very concerned. The doctor noted, 'His nervous
      > system is much shocked. So much so that he makes no
      > effort to rally, and has himself given up all hopes
      > for recovery.' Soon it became clear that the infection
      > would be fatal, as Richardson gradually weakened. ...
      > Finally, on the evening of November 3, at half past
      > seven, Major General Israel Bush Richardson succumbed
      > to his wound and died." p. 196.
      > On Jul 8, 2011, at 7:48 AM, cowie_steve wrote:
      > > Hi, Gerry.
      > >
      > > Good question as discrepancies abound regarding
      > Richardson's wound. Pierro's Carman describes a ball
      > of spherical case hitting the general; Schildt has a
      > shell fragment hitting Richardson's hip; an
      > undocumented source in my notes places the wound in
      > the ribs; Krick wrote that a piece of shell struck
      > Richardson, "mangling his shoulder." I'd like to hear
      > what others in the forum have found.
      > >
      > > Steve
      > >
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