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April 28, 1862: William Mahan Shot in Arm

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Diary Entry:
William Mahan “A” Co. shot in the arm whilst attempting to cross the line of sentinels.

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More Information:

According to the Delaware Compiled Service Records, William Mahan enlisted in the 2nd Delaware Regiment, Company A as a Private on May 21, 1861, in Dover, DE. He was 33 years old and was 6 feet tall with dark complection, blue eyes and dark hair. Born inCecil County, Maryland, he listed his occupation as a blacksmith and a cooper.

Mahan’s service records shows that he spent much of the war in the hospital. He must have been recently released when the incident that Cyrus wrote about occurred since records show he spent March and April 1862 sick in the hospital.

An injury report shows that Mahan suffered a “fracture of right humerus with shortening” in May 1862. Beginning in May 1862, the Patterson Park U.S.A. General Hospital listed him on the Hospital Muster Roll.  By spring 1863, he was well enough to serve as a hospital attendant, and in October 1863 he was transferred to the Invalid Corps.

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