Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oliver's Story - Severe Wounding at Petersburg

Friday, June 24, 1864

Private Oliver Stanton Bates of Company A was severely wounded today at Petersburg. Oliver was struck in his left leg by shrapnel from an exploding Confederate shell while serving on picket duty .

He was transported to the field hospital at City Point where his left leg was amputated at the knee joint by Second Division Chief Surgeon Nathan Hayward. 1

1Compiled service record, Oliver S. Bates, Pvt., Co. A, 20th Massachusetts Infantry; Carded Records, Volunteer Organizations, Civil War; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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