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Ideal Tool
October 17, 2010, 01:08 AM
Hello, I came across this in a little book about strange occurrences during the American civil war. In Kentucky, union forces were arranged in front of farmers cabin, rebels came out of woods and started skirmishing, Family took refuge inside cabin, but their daughter age about 14 or 15 was facinated & stood in doorway to watch. A young union private was struck in scrotum..Ouch! by .58 minie ball..ball traveled on to strike this young girl in lower stomach. After battle, young solder was allowed to recover in cabin. They became friends..(nothing more..they were watched like a hawk by parents). promised to write each other. Boy got well, & returned to regiment. The girl after a few months found out she was pregnant! That o'l minie ball had done it's work! After war, young man returned & married girl..they had many children after this...in the regular way though! Believe it or not?:eek:

the rifleer
October 17, 2010, 01:27 AM
Me thinks the myth busters busted this one... :D

Doc Hoy
October 17, 2010, 05:45 AM
....would you call him a "son of a gun"?


Sorry guys.

bedbugbilly
October 17, 2010, 02:35 PM
Nice one Doc - I loved it!

I've heard this tale a number of times - not always based in that location. True or not? Who knows . . . . all I know is that after having shot Civil War muskets - .58 minies for years . . . . and using various targets and seeing the damage that they can do . . .. . I have to question the boy's ability to father children in later years after being shot in the scrotum. But then . . of course . . . after he had been shot . . . maybe he ended up with a "minie ball"? Groan . . . groan . . . . . :D

Hawg Haggen
October 17, 2010, 05:12 PM
I have to question the boy's ability to father children in later years after being shot in the scrotum.

I seriously doubt it too. Even a spent minie wouldn't leave much.