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