Allen J. Maker was 16 when he enlisted in Co. I of the 4th Maine Infantry by claiming to be 18.
A native of Northport, Maker was a skirmisher at the Battle of Chantilly, Virginia, September 1, 1862, when he was wounded in the arm, thigh, and back.
The sketch shows an arm and a back wound. On the back is printed, "young Maker received a wound in the lower part of the left arm, another in the thigh, followed by the third and disabling wound -- the one which the Government reports devoted a special description on account of its rarity.
"A conoidel ball passing through the left side fracturing the tenth rib and lodged between the transvers processes of the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae, the wound, according to the Medical and Surgical History of the Rebellion, part 2, page 9, is the only one of the kind that a man received during the civil war and recovered from."
After the war, Maker worked at a variety of jobs and wrote several books about the war.
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