THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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June 05, 1864
W. C. Saunders Was Wounded at the Battle of Piedmont
According to this later account in the Richmond Journal
, Major W. C. Saunders was shot through the chest at the Civil War Battle of Piedmont. Although Saunders initially seemed to have sustained a mortal wound, a local citizen observed that he was still alive and revived the major with mountain whiskey (moonshine). This story was used by Major Saunders to encourage anti-prohibition sentiment, and he wrote regularly until his death to the Virginia Prohibition Commission for a transportation permit for his medicinal whiskey.