The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 25
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Two Texas Patriots
captors thought him so valuable a prisoner that, although se-
verely wounded, he was carried over many miles of rough roads
up to the top of Kennesaw Mountain into the presence of Gen-
eral Sherman, who, in his memoirs, has described their inter-
Two years ago, accompanied by Judge Shepard Bryan and
Mr. Wilbur G. Kurtz, a Georgia historian, I went from Atlanta
to Allatoona Heights. On the way we passed Kennesaw Moun-
tain, headquarters of General Sherman during part of the cam-
paign. The Western & Atlanta Railroad goes through Alla-
toona Pass in a low mountain range, at the summit of which
are the defensive works of the old fort. We were able to go
only a short distance in our motorcar. Then we took a moun-
tain road, finishing the ascent by a rocky path. Although small,
the fort with its high embankment evidently was a very strong
position. In every direction was rough mountain country, rough
hills covered with dense scrub timber. Mr. Kurtz, who has made
a great study of the military campaigns in this region, said it
had hardly changed at all since the Civil War. As I viewed
the field of my gallant father's last fight, I was amazed at the
splendid courage of the Confederates who were able to drive
a strong force across these rugged hills up to the very em-
brasures of the fort itself.
After days of suffering and lack of medical attention, Father
finally reached a hospital. By that time the shattered left leg,
with splintered bones and a large flesh wound, had become gan-
grenous. Fortunately, he fell into the hands of an intelligent
young surgeon who told him that the only thing that would
save his life was to burn out the "proud" flesh with pure nitric
acid. Father told how he was strapped to a stretcher and, with-
out anesthesia, nitric acid was poured into the rotting flesh,
which crackled until the smoke reached the ceiling. This heroic
treatment was effective, the sepsis was routed, before long the
slough was thrown off, and his life was saved. When in swim-
ming with Father I often saw the large depression in his leg.
But this was not the only mark of battle, as I remember clearly
a depression in his chest from a bullet that entered beneath
the collarbone and came out through the shoulder blade, pene-
trating the lung and missing (I know not how) the heart and
the great vessels. There were also wounds in thigh, arm, neck,
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