His wound was from a Minie ball through the left shoulder, which broke the left scapula, and ranged down to his lower back, near the spine. During his year as a POW, he suffered from exposure, such that he "contracted rheumatism". According to his pension record, the disease was severely dibilitating as he aged. His last twelve years, before his death in 1899, he was paralyzed on the left side, and could barely walk across the room. At the end he was confined to bed. Medical reports stated his poor condition was due to the rheumatism, rather than the wound. My Uncle Alexander N. Boring, also of Co. A, 18th Georgia, was captured at Cedar Creek October 19th, 1864. He was sent to Point Lookout. As a Sgt., and not being wounded, he apparently faired better. His Company Commander, Captain James Lyle Lemon, was also at Point Lookout, having been captured on the parapet of Fort Loudon, in the seige of Knoxville. The Regiment's Commander, Col. S. Z. Ruff, was killed at the same time.
There is a photo of Capt. lemon, taken during his incarceration. He wrote of the incident that his uniform was torn, bloody, and dirty. He was lent a unform jacket by the photographer, to keep up appearances. These men were treated badly by design, while those at Andersonville were given the same rations as their guards. Pleas were made to exchnage them, to the extent of sending a delegation of prisoners to make the request, but the North refused. Stan