Friday, March 8, 2013

Bullet Extracted

Dr. Asa Horr performed an important surgical operation upon Mr. John Bell, Thursday evening, extracting a Minie ball which he received the 10th day of last August at the bloody battle of Wilson’s Creek.  The surgeon at that time did not succeed in finding the ball when he probed the wound, consequently imagined it was not in there.  The wounded, however, refused to heal, and at last a hard lump was discovered deep in his groin.  This proved to be the bullet, which the surgeon has just so successfully removed.

John was left in the hospital at Springfield after the battle, but he followed our retreating forces two miles, under the impression he would have to take an oath not to bear arms against the Confederates, if he fell into their hands.  He preferred to die rather than to take such an oath. – {Dubuque Times.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 8, 1862, p. 2

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