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Answers to Trivia from the Archives

June 2011

Q.  In June 1861, Confederate soldier James E. Hanger -- founder of Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, which is still the U.S. market leader in the manufacture of artificial limbs -- became the first documented amputee of the Civil War when he lost his leg at this battle.

A.  The Battle of Philippi (June 3, 1861)

Read "On A Mountain" by Ambrose Bierce, who fought at Philippi for the Union.

 

Q. In June, 1864 the U.S.S. Kearsarge and the C.S.S. Alabama dueled off the coast of this European port city.

A.  Cherbourg, France

Read a first-hand account of the fight

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