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47041Re: [civilwarwest] History : U.S. Civil War ( 1861-65 ) Gettysburg - Prosthetic Limbs

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  • Tom Gilbert
    Mar 12, 2011
      Bob, I was glancing at your email below, and your mention of "prosthetic limbs" reminded me of James Edward Hanger, a Confederate private who lost his leg at the Battle of Philippi in June, 1861.  He was said to be the first Civil War amputee.  He went home and designed a prosthetic leg for himself made out of barrel staves.  Soon he was producing prosthetics for other wounded soldiers, and today the company he founded, Hanger Prosthetics, still survives.  My father-in-law lost a leg at the Battle of the Bulge, and I often remember him talking about his "Hanger leg" .. when I read this story some years ago, I thought, wow, what a neat story, a personal tragedy which turned into a blessing for many....Tom Gilbert

      From: Bob Huddleston <huddleston.r@...>
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thu, March 3, 2011 10:09:37 PM
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] History : U.S. Civil War ( 1861-65 ) Gettysburg

      This total war meant that the North alone, with an 1860 population of
      slightly less than 20 million, mobilized armed forces of about 2.1
      million—equivalent today to over 31 million soldiers and sailors for the
      nation as a whole. While no such figures can be given with exactitude,
      the Civil War brought a total of approximately 620,000 military deaths,
      more than the 606,000 deaths in all the other American wars from the
      Revolution through the Korean War. The North lost some 360,000 military
      men, a number roughly equivalent to 5.4 million deaths today. The war
      also led to a shocking 20 percent mortality for the nearly 200,000
      African Americans in the Union army and navy.
      The 260,000 or more Confederate deaths (an even more approximate number)
      represented 18 to 20 percent of the Confederate states' white adult male
      population, about the same proportion as German military deaths in World
      War II. Some 26,000 to 31,000 Confederates died in Union prisons alone.
      Moreover, one-fifth of Mississippi's postwar state budget paid for the
      prosthetic limbs of surviving but maimed soldiers.

      David Brion Davis, _Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the
      New World _ (New York, 2006), 300

      Take care,


      Judy and Bob Huddleston
      10643 Sperry Street
      Northglenn, CO  80234-3612

      "The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an
      untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true.
      Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or
      of malice." Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Oratore, II.XV,62


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