4v50 Gary
September 24, 2003, 11:39 PM
Was reading Dr. James Thatcher's Military Journal of the American Revolution and came across the following passages. Now one tells of a man far braver than myself and the other, less honorable but my spiritual ancestor ;). Enjoy these anecdotes from our nation's "glorious" Revolution:

"A brave soldier received a musket-ball in his forehead, observing that it did not penetrate deep, it was imagined that the ball rebounded and fell out; but after several days, on examination, I detected the ball laying flat on the bone, and spread under the skin, which I removed. No one can doubt but he received his wound while facing the enemy, and it is fortunate for the brave fellow that his skull proved too thick for the ball to penetrate..."

Now that's pretty amazing considering that most musket balls just smash everything in their path. I guess that the musket was fouled or the powder exposed to moisture or perhaps it rebounded off a stone before striking that brave soldier. Here's the next example given by Dr. Thatcher:

"But in another instance, a soldier's wound was not so honorable; he received a ball in the bottom of his foot, which could not have happened unless when in the act of running from the enemy [:D] This poor fellow is held in derision by his comrades, and is made a subject of their wit for having the mark of a coward..."

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September 24, 2003, 11:56 PM
I'd dare say he suffered less humiliation by a foot wound than he would have by taking a round ball in his buttocks! :D

Good Shooting

September 25, 2003, 12:44 AM
I heard a phrase one time that might be applicable.

"Those who fight and run away live to fight another day."

Unless of course you get shoot in the back while running away.;)

Mike Irwin
September 25, 2003, 01:00 AM
He could have fallen backwards on his butt with his feet up in the air like I did a couple of days ago on some slick grass on a slight hill next to my house...

Chuck Dye
September 25, 2003, 02:09 AM
An aquaintance took a round to the vest which sent her backwards onto her butt. The lady describes the unshakeable image of shooting back between her feet and thinking "don't, whatever you do, DON'T shoot your own foot!" Had the bad guy kept shooting, she could easily have been shot through the sole of her foot. (FWIW, the lady missed both feet, drilled the bad guy.)

September 25, 2003, 02:59 AM
I took the tippie toe off of my own boot once.
Could easily have taken an incoming in either foot at the time.

Just exchanged our thompsons for M-16s and have never liked the sight plane so far above the bore line.:rolleyes:


September 25, 2003, 11:50 AM
The lady describes the unshakeable image of shooting back between her feet...

Kinda conjures up the image of the opening scene for The Matrix: Reloaded, where Trinity and an Agent have a shootout in mid-air... :D

Daniel T
September 25, 2003, 02:47 PM
I can easily see a situation where a round ricochets off the ground as a step foward is being taken. Pow, right in the bottom of your foot. Stranger things have happened.

September 25, 2003, 08:27 PM
Perhaps he was goosestepping.:D

He might have been a Muslim and was showing the enemy the sole of his shoe as an insult.

4v50 Gary
September 25, 2003, 09:57 PM
If any one of you were representing this soldier, I wonder if he would have been acquitted at the court martial? :D All these "excuses" sound "plausible" and unless there's an eyewitness to help substantiate how the wound was inflicted, the soldier may, ahem, walk.

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