A saber cut

6 April 2019

Another story from the 11th Connecticut Infantry at Antietam:

Private Martin Hoxsie, Company B, was treated after the battle for a saber cut to the head which fractured his skull, and for insanity, which “was subsequently developed”.

Companies A and B of the 11th advanced as skirmishers in the approach to the Rohrbach Bridge on the morning 17 September and at least some of the those men waded the Antietam Creek under fire. The regiment was in action on the far side of the bridge that afternoon, also, where so many were killed or wounded.

The sort-of-good news is that Hoxsie lived to the age of 76 years. I hope he had recovered fully …

But a saber cut? How do you suppose that happened?

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