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August 4, 1894

THE CAISSON EXPLOSION OF BATTERY F, SECOND REGIMENT OF THE U. S. LIGHT ARTILLERY.

Author Affiliations

FORMER SURGEON OF FIRST REGIMENT OF ILLINOIS LIGHT ARTILLERY; PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL SURGERY IN MERCY HOSPITAL, ETC.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(5):199-201. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421100027002h

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Abstract

The writer is at present in charge of a number of soldiers wounded by an accident so rare, that hardly any officer in the United States service has seen an example of it.

The singular character of the wounds produced, and the rarity of the causes producing them, render the cases most instructive for study.

The late riots in Chicago, by obstructing the United States mails, and arresting commerce on interstate railways obliged the general government to send to Chicago about 2,000 regular troops to maintain order.

On the 16th of July, Battery F of the Second Regiment of U. S. Light Artillery was moving at a trot on Grand Boulevard, supported by a company of the Seventh Regular Cavalry, when suddenly the three ammunition chests of the first caisson exploded with terrific violence.

The caisson was drawn by four horses, which were guided by two mounted drivers. Two cannoneers

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