The minie ball, a new bullet for a new Civil War, was an evil chunk of soft lead that expanded after firing to fit the rifle barrel — and then tumbled through a soldier's body, causing wounds that required amputations.
Despite the surgeons' skills, they did a poor job of keeping their instruments clean and rarely used anesthetics.
OK, 'fess up, Facebook users. After posting a comment or photo, do you go back to see how many "likes" or "shares" it received? Do you keep track of the number of "friends" you have? Do you compare that to those of other Facebook users?
Ben Grosser admitted he has. In fact, already being obsessed with quantifiers, he soon became obsessive about the numbers on his Facebook feed.
CHAMPAIGN — First Christian Church will host a free turkey dinner for hundreds of folks who would otherwise be alone or without a meal on Christmas day.
And the dinner will come complete with holiday music, decorations and gifts for the kids.
RANTOUL — The location will be the same, but the time of day will change for this year's Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade.
The parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the downtown area.
The last two years, the event has been held at night and has been a lighted parade.
PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton's annual Christmas Parade will step off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Taft and Orleans streets in downtown Paxton.
URBANA — Urbana High School is hosting its 41st annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner for community members.
The meal is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in the high school's Commons and will feature turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pie.
No reservations are required.
CHAMPAIGN — City officials on Wednesday will set up this year's Christmas tree at the center of downtown Champaign while business leaders look forward to decorating the area as the holiday shopping season begins.
DANVILLE — The annual Night of Lights parade will kick off the holiday season in downtown Danville on Thursday night.