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Dan Sickles’s Leg

June 2024
1min read

Thank you for James Sorensen’s delightful description of his odyssey in search of Stonewall Jackson’s arm (April/May 2005). It reminded me of my lunch-hour search for Gen. Daniel Sickles’s leg (which he lost at Gettysburg) when I was a law student in Washington, D.C., in 1964. I found it on display in the Army Medical Museum at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Georgia Avenue. Is it still there?

The name has changed to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, but General Sickles’s leg is indeed still there, along with fragments of other celebrated people, including vertebrae from John Wilkes Booth and President Garfield.


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