From the well known The RevenantL Hugh Glass story to the Samuel Whittemore hero, we present incredible stories of men who were left dead and incredibly survived to come back and seek for revenge.
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5) Hugh Glass
In 1823, while in an expedition toward Yellowstone, Glass surprised a grizzly bear and her two cubs while scouting the area. The grizzly attacked him before he could fire his rifle.
Using only his knife and bare hands, Glass wrestled the full-grown bear to the ground and killed it.
The attack left Glass’s ribs exposed and other severe wounds over his body. After bandaging all the wounds, his fellow trappers took his knife and gun and burried him alive, with a thin layer of dirt and leaves.
Glass regained consciousness and crawled nearly 100 miles through the South Dakota wilderness in order to reach Fort Kiowa.
Along the way he encountered Native Americans who helped him with food and gave him a bear hide to cover. It is said that he once scared away a pack of wolves to eat a fresh buffalo kill.
Glass spent 9 months hunting down the ones who abandoned him in the wilderness but he decieded not to kill them.
4) William Thompson
In 1867, William Thompson was sent by the Union Pacific Railroad to repair a damaged Nebraska telegraph line.
His train was attacked and derailed by a Cheyenne Indian raiding group, killing all the people aboard.
William was shot in the shoulder and then took to the ground and scalped. Because of the shock, he fainted but didn’t die.
Eventually he recovered and found himself covered in blood and saw the detached portion of his head lying next to him.
Doctors were unable to reattach it so William preserved the specimen and put it on display for money.
3) Jacob Miller
In 1862 during the Battle of Chickamauga, Jacob Miller, a Union Solider was shot in the head by the enemies and left dead by his company.
Jacob miraculously recovered and found out that he was left behind the enemy lines after the Union’s army’s retreat.
He managed to get back to his army but the doctors refused to operate on Miller saying that he would eventually die anyway and did not want to cause further pain.
However, Miller fully recovered and lived for over 50 years. Occasionally lead fragments were falling out of the hole left behind.
2) Rugby Team
In 1972, an Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying a rugby team crashed at 13,800 feet (4,200m) after hitting an Andes peak.
The survivors made a shelter from the wreckage and camped 11 days before finding out from a radio that the searchings had been canceled.
After exhausting their supplies, they voted to canniabalize the 45 dead passengers. With no hope of being rescued, Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa decided to climb the mountains in order to search for help.
After 10 days they found some help. The remaining 14 survivors were saved after being declared dead for over 72 days.
1) Samuel Whittemore
At the age of 78, Samuel Whittemore, the oldest colonial combatant in the American Revolution, ambushed British forces by his own.
He killed 1 passing soldier with his musket and shot 2 more with his pistols. He then hid behind a wall at his farm waiting for the enemy.
As the British arrived to his position, Whittemore drew his sword and ran towards them but he was shot in the face and rammed with bayonets.
Neighbors found him in a pool of blood trying to reload his musket and searched for help. Doctors gave him little chance of surviving.
Yet Whittemore fully recovered and reached the age of 96, outlasting the war.