Philippi, West Virginia: First Amputation of the Civil War
A plaque marks the place where the Civil War's first battle took its first limb. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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First Amputation of the Civil War
Located on the cross-street of Main and Church, at the Philippi Baptist Church. The plaque looks like a headstone, and is located in their garden (across from courthouse).[Jessica, 01/08/2016]
Floyd Hanger, 80, sent us a pile of info on his great grand-dad, who was the First Man to Lose a Leg in the Civil War! Amazingly, this happened in Philippi, WV, hometown of the Mummies of the Insane. The first land battle of the Civil War happened in Philippi on June 3, 1861. Confederate J. E. Hanger was hit by a cannonball, had his leg amputated by a Union doctor, later invented an artificial limb, and started a company which became one of the largest manufacturers of wooden legs in the world. There's a plaque in Philippi that commemorates the fateful cannon blast.[Floyd Hanger, 12/15/1996]