Gift to ND

Jun 03, 2013

A relic of Civil War days—a prayer book which saved a soldier's life in the most decisive siege of the great conflict—

has been presented to the library by Corita F. Steckler. The book is a Catholic missal, with a cloth cover and contains

385 pages. Imbedded in the book, diagonally from the back is a lead bullet about an inch long. The miracle probably

occurred as the result of the book being carried in the left pocket of the shirt, thus deflecting the bullet's path to the

body. The incident took place in the battle of Gettysburg in July, 1863. Although the soldier, whose life was saved, is

unknown, the book was presented to J. Fred Lieben, grandfather of the donor, three or four days after the battle.

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