WV exhibit includes saw used in Civil War's first amputation by Confederacy

Oct 25, 2017
The carpenter's saw used to amputate the leg of a Confederate officer the day after a musket ball shattered his knee during the 1861 Battle of Philippi is among artifacts on display in a new First Campaign of the Civil War exhibit at the Beverly Heritage Center.
The artifact serves as a stark reminder that the Civil War produced more that was grisly than glorious. It also recognizes that the fighting at Philippi, the war's first land battle, produced the first two of what would become more than 50,000 amputations by the war's end.
"When the Civil War began, all these young guys were hooting and hollering about beating the Rebels into a pulp, or kicking the Yanks in the behind," said Terry Hackeny of Lens Creek Studios, the designer of the exhibit. "This artifact shows the rude awakening that these newly minted soldiers got when the Civil War began. It turned bloody, dangerous and horrifying all very quickly."

On June 3, 1861, following a nightlong march through heavy rain, a Union Army force of 3,000 troops arrived at the outskirts of Philippi, where 775 newly recruited Confederate soldiers were camped. After firing an artillery barrage, the Union force launched a cavalry raid on the encampment, causing panic and confusion for the unsuspecting Confederates, and giving the brief battle that followed the nickname "The Philippi Races."
Capt. Leroy Parker Dangerfield, 35, a member of a Bath County, Virginia, cavalry company for less than one month, was shot in the knee and carried off the battlefield by a friend, and then...
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