The Empty Sleeve: Amputees and the Civil War

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Even today disabled veterans can have difficult times dealing with injuries and adjusting back to civilian life. Here is an interesting article on Civil War amputees.

http://wskg.org/history/the-empty-sleeve-amputees-and-the-civil-war/?c=history


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Private William Sergeant of Co. E, 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Library of Congress.

Very sad . . . then & now.

"In 1866, the State of Mississippi spent more than half its yearly budget providing veterans with artificial limbs."
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/war-and-prosthetics/

I'd heard that somewhere, Mississippi's post war budget. What struck me was not so much what must have been the staggering amount of veterans in need of limbs but the state's response! 1866. So soon post war? Mississippi, a Southern state recovering from the war, somehow put in place a system to provide for veterans. That's pretty crazy. This is not modern politics, honest, just a comparison. Just saw a news report of a modern era female vet who can't get a matching leg years later- wears a man's leg.
 

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"In 1866, the State of Mississippi spent more than half its yearly budget providing veterans with artificial limbs."
I believe that article is misquoting the sources. The figure normally state is "only" 20%.

When one considers that state budgets probably covered a lot fewer things back then, it was a "relatively" small sum in real dollars. I cannot find any dollar amount figures.
 


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