I have several Civil War ancestors whose bodies and general health were never the same after their time in the Civil War. I started creating a page at my blog today to remember my Civil War grandfathers. There is much more to come but you can see the beginning effort at Our Civil War Soldiers
Private William Henry BROWN, my 3rd-great-grandfather.
38th Regiment of Wisconsin, Company H
Enlisted 9 Sep 1864 for three years.
Medical discharge on 22 Dec 1864, loss part of his left arm.
William Henry Brown in Company H, joined 1 Oct 1864, the Siege of Petersburg and participated in the Battle of the Boydton Plank Road (aka Burgess Mill or First Hatcher’s Run) near Petersburg, Virginia on 27-28 Oct 1864, where part of his arm was shot off. Family lore says he was involved somehow with the Federal Fort Sampson, an earthen works fort in the defensive line during the Petersburg Siege. This may have been his daily job between 1 Oct – 26 Oct, 1864, before the day of the battle and his severe wound.
The Civil War Archive
Battle of the Boydton Plank Road at Wikipdeia
38th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Federal Fort Sampson in the Petersburg Siege
The 38th Regiment of Wisconsin later…”Received Rebel Peace Commissioners Stephens, Hunter, Campbell and Hatch through lines under flag of truce January 29, 1865. Moved to Washington, D.C., April 21-25. Grand Review May 23, 2nd Battalion mustered out June 6, 1865. 1st Battalion on duty at Arsenal, Washington, during trial and execution of President Lincoln’s assassins. Mustered out July 26, 1865.” from The Civil War Archive, referenced above.