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Illustration 2: Pvt. Edgar W. Cherry, 1865.¹ [Illustration 2] with link to larger version of illustration.
(Courtesy of Broadfoot Publishing Company)

This drawing shows the incisions made by an army surgeon to repair the damage done to Cherry's face by a Confederate minie ball at Rivers Bridge on February 3, 1865. The bullet smashed into his face at his right check and tore out near the bridge of his nose.

Photo 2: Edgar W. Cherry, c. 1890. [Photo 2] with link to larger version of photo.
(United States Senate, SEN 51A-E1)

This is one of two photographs Cherry submitted to the Senate in support of his effort to have his military pension increased.

Questions for Illustration 2 and Photo 2

1. Compare and contrast the surgeon's drawing to Photo 2. What does the photograph convey of Cherry's wound that the surgeon's drawing does not?

2. How does the photograph of Cherry compare to Mrs. Cherry's letter describing the effects of her husband's wound?

¹ The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Civil War (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1870-1888; reprint ed., Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1990-1992), Vol. VIII, p. 378.

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