Fought in the Cuban War -"The Feint Upon Aguadores".. At 6pm June 30, 1898 orders were given to prepare to the front. Private Frank Manning was struck in the right heel mangling it badly. He was the first amputation of the Cuban War. This is what happened in his own words. " When the shell struck I was carrying my gun at a trail. We heard it singing and ducked. The shell struck my gun stock, and you should have seen that stock!! Not a bit of wood was left, and the barrel was bent double. After I was struck, I lay on a litter for two hours. The Red Cross men were carrying me off the firing line, when a Spanish sharpshooter fired at us, and a bullet passed through the litter just back of my head. The Red Cross men ran, but the Major made them to back and take me away. I was put on the amputating table a 5 o'clock, and mine was the first amputation of the Cuban War. From then on there wasplenty of it done. Men laid all around me with arms and legs off. I remained in the tent eight days. Capt. Wheeler came in one day with some delicacies, and later sent me $5." Manning's right foot was amputated at the ankle joint.
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