Friday, January 17, 2014

Jewett Patent Legs for NC Amputees-- Part 4

Some 1,550 Confederate veterans applied for the artificial legs. //// One Tarheel veteran, Robert Alexander Hanna, had been wounded in the head and left leg just below the ankle joint at the Battle of Gettysburg. Suffering for about a month and with the leg wound oozing pus, his leg was amputated. He received his Jewett Artificial Leg in January 1867. //// He used it on special occasions as he had made other artificial legs to help him with farmwork (one of which had a bull hoof for a foot). Not using it on a daily basis helped keep his Jewett leg in good shape. When he died in 1917, at teh age of 85, he still had it. //// --Old Secesh

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