Willis V. Meadows, a 37th Alabama veteran (left), was shot through the right eye during the Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., in July 1863. The bullet (center) remained in his head for 58 years—until he coughed it up. Peter Knapp, a 5th Iowa veteran living in Washington, D.C., read Meadows’ nationally reported story. When Knapp (right) realized he was the soldier who had shot Meadows, he contacted the 78-year-old, one-eyed vet. “The two men have enjoyed considerable correspondence over the incident,” a newspaper reported. (Photos courtesy of the Kilburn family)
Willis V. Meadows, a 37th Alabama veteran (left), was shot through the right eye during the Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., in July 1863. The bullet (center) remained in his head for 58 years—until he coughed it up. Peter Knapp, a 5th Iowa veteran living in Washington, D.C., read Meadows’ nationally reported story. When Knapp (right) realized he was the soldier who had shot Meadows, he contacted the 78-year-old, one-eyed vet. “The two men have enjoyed considerable correspondence over the incident,” a newspaper reported. (Photos courtesy of the Kilburn family)