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A member of the Society for Military History passes along this x-ray. It shows where a .58 caliber Minie ball hit a guy just above the elbow.
The story is that a Civil War reenactor was out hunting with his replica weapon. He slipped and shot himself in the arm. He applied a tourniquet and walked out of the woods.
A x-ray of the elbow of a Civil War reenactor with a .58 caliber Minie ball embedded withinDavid Welch/Society of Military History
David Welch, the member of the society, comments: “ I thought people might appreciate this rare glimpse into the damage that Civil War weapons could bring on the soldiers' bodies. As you can see from the images, if it were not for modern medicine and many titanium screws and plates, he would have lost his arm — amputation that would have been necessary above the elbow.”
Here’s the culprit:
The .58 caliber Minie ball removed from the elbow of a Civil War reenactorDavid Welch/Society of Military History
Thanks to Mr. Welch for obtaining permission for me to use the x-ray photo here.
QUETTA, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war.
An Indiana Army National Guard soldier died Thursday night during a training accident at Fort Hood.
According to a Fort Hood press release, the soldier's injuries came from "a tactical vehicle accident in the training area." The name of the soldier is being withheld until the family is notified.
The incident, which occurred at around 10 p.m., will be investigated by the Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the release said.
Nearly 32% of active-duty military deaths between 2006 and 2018 have been the result of accidents, according to an analysis from the Congressional Research Service.
The Army has had a number of vehicular deaths this year. In June, one West Point cadet was killed and 21 others were injured when a tactical vehicle rolled during training. A vehicle rollover at Fort Irwin, California killed one soldier and injured three others that same month, and in May, a rollover killed one soldier and injured a dozen others at Fort Polk, La.