Civil War Institute
The image of the amputee is a classic one in the memory of the American Civil War. Francis Clarke has argued that the long-suffering and sacrificial Union amputee became a national martyr to the righteousness of their cause. While this view was manifested in various ways throughout the postwar North, the case of double-arm amputee Lewis Horton serves to give depth insight into–and possibly push back against–this argument. [excerpt]
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Johnson, S. Marianne, "Tales from a Boston Customs House: “Living Monuments”" (2014). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 29.