First Amputation of the Civil War

Field review by the editors.

Philippi, West Virginia

Aside from its notoriety as the home of the Mummies of the Insane, the small town of Philippi has another claim to fame: It's the town where the first combatant's limb was lost in the Civil War.

The first land battle of the Civil War happened there 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. Descendant Floyd Hanger used to return to town as a dignitary in an annual parade.

There's a plaque in Philippi that commemorates the fateful cannon blast.

First Amputation of the Civil War

Main St., Philippi, WV
Junction of US 119 and 250, Blue and Gray Park is next to covered bridge 39.152619,-80.043962. Plaque is currently at the Philippi Baptist Church, Main and Church.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Mummies of the InsaneMummies of the Insane, Philippi, WV - < 1 mi.
Mother's Day ShrineMother's Day Shrine, Grafton, WV - 13 mi.
Dairy Queen Eskimo SignDairy Queen Eskimo Sign, Grafton, WV - 13 mi.
In the region:
Madonna of the Trail, Beallsville, PA - 63 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in West Virginia

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in West Virginia.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

October 19, 2017

My Sights

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

West Virginia Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Teapot Dome Gas Station, Zillah, Washington (Oct 16-22, 2017)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Philippi, West Virginia

Nightly rates found:

Book Online Now