Military Anecdote Day

by Daniel Russ on September 11, 2009

Confederate General Richard S. Ewell

Confederate General Richard S. Ewell

General John B. Gordon relates a fortuitous escape from injury by General Ewell at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

“As we rode together, a body of Union soldiers, posted behind some buildings and fences, suddenly opened a brisk fire……..I heard the ominous thud of a Minie ball as it struck General Ewell at my side. I quickly asked, “Are you hurt, Sir?” “No, no,” he replied; “Not at all.”

The round landed in Ewell’s wooden leg.

Source: Gettysburg Battle Tour, and


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