John Wesley Powell and the wounds of war




Zander, Cecily Nelson

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Emerging Civil War


In the hundreds of pages Major John Wesley Powell wrote about his postbellum career as an explorer of the American West, he seldom mentioned the injury he sustained at the battle of Shiloh. During the fighting at Pittsburgh Landing in April 1862, Powell was hit by a bullet in his right forearm. The wound required the arm to be amputated below the elbow, leaving the 28-year-old Powell with an affliction that caused him excruciating pain for the remainder of his life. He lived to be 68.


Article originally published by Emerging Civil War. English. Published October 2022. Permission to deposit this file has been obtained directly from the publisher. Please read the faculty member's entry in the Project INDEX Master Sheet for more information about the publisher communications.


Amputation, Binding a nations wounds, Civil War medicine, Elizabeth Bacon Custer, Emma Dean Powell, John Wesley Powell, Union veterans


This is the published version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Zander, C. N. (2022, October 3). John Wesley Powell and the wounds of war. Emerging Civil War. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.