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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.

civil war reenactor shot minie ballDavid Welch/Society of Military History
A x-ray of the elbow of a Civil War reenactor with a .58 caliber Minie ball embedded within

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:

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civil war reenactor shot minie ballDavid Welch/Society of Military History
The .58 caliber Minie ball removed from the elbow of a Civil War reenactor

Thanks to Mr. Welch for obtaining permission for me to use the x-ray photo here.