The bullet probably hit the Union soldier as he was fleeing. It may have
struck his cartridge box first, which sent it tumbling through the
muscle of his right buttock, broke his right leg and buried itself
sideways in his thigh bone just below the hip.
The discovery, on the battlefield just north of Manassas, Va., is extraordinary, experts said.
“As an archaeologist . . . it’s exciting,” said Brandon S. Bies, who
brought the bone out of the pit. “As a human being, lifting the leg of
an American soldier and holding the bone with the bullet that killed
him, it’s an emotional experience.”- an excerpt from the article. Click here to read the full Washington Post article.