Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Incidents Of The Battle Of Ft. Donelson

Peter Morton of the 18th Illinois, had the case of his watch, which he wore in his upper vest picket, immediately over his heart, torn away by a canister shot, and the watch still continued to keep time.

The life of Reuben Davis of the Kentucky 5th was saved by a silver half-dollar in his waistcoat pocket.  He had borrowed that amount of a companion, some days before and offered to return it before going upon the field; but his companion told him to keep the coin, as he might stand in need of it before night. – He had need of it in his greatest need, for a rifle ball struck the coin in the centre and destroying the figure of Liberty on its face.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 1, 1862, p. 3

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