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Philippi, West Virginia: First Amputation of the Civil War

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Address:
69 Church St., Philippi, WV
Directions:
Downtown. Plaque is on a low monument on the north side of Church St., midway between N. Main and N. Walnut Sts, in front of Philippi Baptist Church.
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First Amputation of the Civil War

A plaque marks the place where the Civil War's first battle took its first limb.

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Amputation plaque.

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]
Philippi's Reenactment of first Civil War amputation; Mummies "not involved"

The First Amputation of the Civil War will be reenacted in Philippi, WV on May 31 and June 1. On June 3, 1861 Confederate J....

[04/30/1997] Complete News Story

First Amputation of the Civil War

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]

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