o_henners (o_henners) wrote in little_details,

Peninsular War Injury

Question: I need to come up with an injury for a character, preferrably to the leg(s) or lower region of the body, that would jusitfy his being on leave from the army, specifically Wellington's Peninsular Army in 1812. I would prefer it if the *limb was not amputated, but if it's the only feasible solution then I'll go with it.  Chronic pain, other chronic conditions associated with those types of injuries, and/or the need for a walking aid, etc. is just fine.

Unfortunately I don't know enough about such injuries in terms of current medicine, let alone historically, to come up with something I'm comfortable writing at this point.

Searched: 19th century gunshot wounds, 19th century medicine, Napoleonic Wars, battlefield surgery, Peninsular Wars, casualties, injuries, all in different and varying combinations on google, googlebooks, googlescholar, a local (county and community college) library's online databases as well as the catalogues. Most of the information I've found is on the American Civil War...

Edit: I forgot to make it clear that he is an officer, if that makes any difference in terms of granting leave etc.
*as much as I would like to avoid amputation it really is ok if that's the only feasible option. So if you've got a scenario that works perfectly and includes him losing a limb I'd like to hear it at least.

Tags: ~medicine: injuries to order

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