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William B. Smallridge
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Birth: May 15, 1836
Clarke County
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1898
Gilmer County
West Virginia, USA

Notes for William Smallridge:
General Notes:
A Bullet Embedded in the Heart for ThirtySeven Years.-A correspondent of the
Baltimore Sun, writing from Morgantown, W. Va., asserts that a man named
William B. Smallridge, who died a few days ago at Glenville, in Gilmer County,
carried a bullet in his heart for thirty-seven years. He was a member of company
E, 1st West Virginia infantry, in the civil war, and in September, 1861, while
marching through Gilmer County, was shot by some one in ambush, the bullet
entering Smallridge's chest at the lower point of the scapula, on the left side,
passing thence directly through the left lung into the left ventricle of the heart. The
force of the bullet was so broken that it did not penetrate the inner wall, but the
regimental surgeon pronounced the wound fatal and left Smallridge to die. He did
not die, however, but was sent back up the Little Kanawha River in a skiff to his
home, in Glenville, where he recovered and has since lived. A few weeks ago,
while on his death bed, he asked Dr. G. O. Brown to make an examination of the
wound after his death. This Dr. Brown and Dr. O. B. Beer did and found the bullet
embedded in the heart. The man had never suffered from any disturbance of the
heart. His death was due to cancer. This report is confirmed by Dr. Beer in a letter in the Cincinnati Lancet-Clinic of November 19, 1898. 
Christian Church Cemetery
Gilmer County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Thomas L. Smallridge, Jr...
Record added: Feb 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65604613

God Bless You And Thank You For Your Service And Sacrifice To Your Nation.
- Thomas L. Smallridge, Jr.
 Added: Mar. 15, 2011

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