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Philippi in Barbour County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Philippi

The Casualties

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 1, 2012
1. Philippi Marker
Inscription. As Col Benjamin Kelley’s Federals pursued the Confederates through Philippi, he was shot in the upper right chest by Col. George A. Porterfield’s quartermaster. A surgeon declared it a mortal wound but Kelley recovered. In a show of respect, his men awarded him a horse they bought locally. He named the horse “Philippi” and rode it through most of the war.

Eighteen-year old Confederate James E. Hanger, a member of the Churchville Cavalry, was struck in the left leg by a cannonball as he tried to get his horse from Garrett Johnson’s stable near the covered bridge.

Within hours, Dr. James D. Robison of the 16th Ohio Volunteers amputated Hanger’s leg about seven inches below the hip. It was the first amputation of the war. Hanger later founded the J.E. Hanger Company, which today as Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., is the nation’s oldest and largest manufacturer of artificial limbs.

Captain Fauntleroy P. Dangerfield of Hot Springs, Virginia, came to Philippi to drill Confederate recruits. During the retreat, he was wounded in the left knee by a bullet. Carried to Beverly by wagon, his leg was amputated the next day by surgeon Dr. John T. Huff of Monterey, Virginia. It was the first amputation of the war by a Confederate surgeon.
 
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Philippi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 1, 2012
2. Philippi Marker
West Virginia Civil War Trail.
 
Location. 39° 9.15′ N, 80° 2.382′ W. Marker is in Philippi, West Virginia, in Barbour County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Church Street on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philippi WV 26416, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barbour County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Philippi (within shouting distance of this marker); Barbour County Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Barbour County Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Philippi (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Covered Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Philippi (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Philippi Covered Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philippi.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on March 20, 2013. Photos:   1. submitted on August 23, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on September 10, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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