Confederate Major General Richard Stoddard Ewell was bending down, trying to see below the musket smoke and setting sun.
The Battle of Groveton, one of the opening salvos in the Battle of Second Manassas had evolved into a stand-up, straight line, salvo by salvo firefight.
Ewell wanted to see the Union dispositions.
While kneeling, a Union minie bullet slammed into his left patella and seared down the leg. The ball had followed the the bone for six inches, which smashed the bone into multiple pieces.
Ewell yelped in pain.
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