Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

As usual with me I had some narrow escapes. While galloping rapidly, my fine large black horse was killed instantly, tumbling heels over head and dashing me on the ground violently.... I was also hit fairly in the head by a ball which had lost its force in getting (I suppose) through somebody else!
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. II, p. 528, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Lucy Webb Hayes (October 21, 1864).

Hayes's wounds at Cedar Creek left him dazed for a few hours and with a permanently weakened ankle. He was reported killed in the newspapers, but fortunately a staff officer telegraphed Lucy assuring her that her husband was not dangerously wounded and was safe.
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