Transfixed by a ramrod

28 December 2019

Here’s the result of an unusual projectile wound.

Irish-born Private William Ford, Co. K, 8th Ohio Infantry was wounded in the assault on the Sunken Road/Bloody Lane at Antietam on 17 September 1862 “by a ramrod which transfixed the right thigh in the upper third.”

There’s much more about him on his AotW page.


His photo above was taken 27 March 1871 at what’s now the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, DC. It’s online in the Otis Historical Archives, NMHM.

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