Ansley Herring Wegner, Phantom Pain (2004)
Wegner Ansley Herring. Phantom Pain: North Carolina's Artificial- Limb Program For Confederate Veterans. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 2004.
North Carolina rapidly responded to the needs of its Confederate amputees. The General Assembly passed a resolution of January 23, 1866, asking Gov. Jonathan Worth "to make a contract with some manufacturer of artificial limbs to supply the need of the State at an early day." In explanation, the resolution states: "And, whereas it is considered an eminent work of charity and justice to assist all [who lost their limbs in the service of the State of North Carolina] with the common funds of the State to procure necessary limbs, and thus to restore them, as far as practical, to the comfortable use of their persons, to the enjoyment of life and to the ability to earn a subsistence."
An editorial that appeared in Raleigh's Daily Standard, on January 19, 1866, the day on which this resolution was introduced, mentions the Federal program for supplying limbs and encourages support for a similar program in North Carolina to serve Confederate veterans. The writer claims that the legs would "make the man almost over again" and allow him to become a "producer" rather than a "consumer." Interestingly, the Standard was a Unionist newspaper, and while its support for the artificial- limbs program was economically based, it was nontheless support. The following day the pro- Confederate Raleigh Sentinel included an article declaring that the resolution was "a timely and eminently proper movement" and that "the State owes them, at least, this small token of her appreciation...prompted by humane and honorable motives." Nowhere can any opposition to this resolution be found. The Standard writer went so far as to state that "no act could be passed which would be more acceptable to our people. The will cheerfully pay the small amount of taxes necessary to effect this object."
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