Richard WilliamsHome State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 28th Pennsylvania Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted as Private, Company C, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry (unknown date).
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was mortally wounded in action on South Mountain on 14 September by a musket shot to the right thigh.
The remainder of the War:
"He was conveyed to Washington, D. C, and admitted into Mount Pleasant U. S. A. General Hospital, September 22d, 1862. On September 30th, his right thigh was amputated, by flap incisions. At this date the limb was excessively swollen; the discharge of pus was profuse ; abscesses had burrowed in the soft parts, and irritative fever existed to an alarming degree. The case terminated fatally on October 2d, 1862".
References, Sources, and other notes:
Service data from Bates1. Medical details and the quote above from the Photographs2.
Death Date: 10/02/1862 Death Place: Washington, DC Burial Place: Military Asylum Cemetery, Washington, DC
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 449 [AotW citation 7952]
2 Otis, George Alexander (curator), and John H. Brinton (collecter), William Bell (photographer), Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens, 6 Volumes, Washington DC: US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, 1865, Vol. 1, pg. 12 [AotW citation 7953]
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