It was common during the Civil War for hospitals to document soldier’s wounds by taking pictures of them. In this picture is Private Jacob Immell of the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company L. His wound was from a minie ball that went through his upper right thigh, admitted to Harewood General Hospital in Washington DC on April 16, 1865 after being wounded at Amelia Springs, Virginia on the 5th of April. Although Jacob appears in good spirits here, he unfortunately died a month later when his wound reopened and he began bleeding. The doctor documented his cause of death as “exhaustion from bleeding”. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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