Dr. Samuel Gross’ List of Reasons to Amputate a Limb

Forever known in history as the main subject in artist Thomas Eakin’s The Gross Clinic (1875), Dr. Samuel D. Gross of Pennsylvania was one of the country’s most well-known and respected trauma surgeons at the time of the American Civil War. In 1862, Dr. Gross wrote A Manual of Military Surgery, or, Hints on the Emergencies of Field,…

The Civil War’s Most Famous Double Amputee

It can be confidently stated that the Civil War’s most famous double amputee was Pvt. Alfred Stratton of Company G, 147th New York Infantry Regiment.* The tired, weary combat veteran with two missing arms was photographed no less than twelve times at his request. In 1864, squad leader Stratton’s arms “were carried away by a…