6609RE: [TalkAntietam] Re: Wounding of "Greasy Dick" Richardson was A R Lawton Wounding
- Jul 8, 2011James;
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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> James Buchanan
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> 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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