Monday, April 11, 2011

Died from Civil War Wound Inflicted 17 Years Earlier

Kind of a strange story coming from New York City's Green Wood Cemetery.

Thomas W. Chandler was born in 1829 and died at age 52 on March 19, 1882.

At age 31, while living in Astoria, Queens, he enlisted as a private in the 67th New York Infantry where he rose to the rank of sergeant major. When he re-enlisted, he became a second lieutenant and later was transferred to the 65th New York in 1864.

he was wounded by a Minnie ball in the left temple where it remained embedded for six weeks before the one-and-a-half ounce led ball was removed, but part of it remained.

He died 17 years later from meningitis and complications from the wound.

Things Happen. --Old B-Runner

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