Civil War Institute
Within four hours of Richard Dunphy’s grievous wounding at the Battle of Mobile Bay, both of his arms had been amputated. In a medical survey, he described the “extraordinary pain” that lasted “for about three weeks.” There was “a great quantity of pus, and twelve pieces of bone or splinters came out” from the wound for months after the surgery. Though the pain was great, it faded in time. The psychological and social effects of the operation, however, never went away. [excerpt]
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Lavery, Kevin P., "Richard D. Dunphy: Under the Knife" (2013). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 4.