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…

The Mortal Wounding and Death of Isaac Rodman

Just east of the present-day Harpers Ferry Road and due southeast of the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, lies two monuments in a field, surrounding by a wooden fence. The tall obelisk is in memory of the 9th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment monument. Just southeast of this large monument sits a small, upside-down bronze cannon…

What Did Lee Suffer From at Gettysburg?

For students of the Civil War, one of the most enthralling debates surrounding Robert E. Lee is whether or not he was ill enough during the Battle of Gettysburg to ultimately hinder his ability to make strategic decisions on the battlefield. Heart attack,chronic diarrhea, heart disease, or a fall from his horse are just some…