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What would an artificial (wooden) leg have looked like during the AoS? I have read that "peg-leg" sailors could exist on board working as cooks. Would the ship's carpenter carve such an item or would a basic one be among the ship's stores that could be customized for a particular seaman?

The reason that I raise this issue is that I saw a wooden leg that originally was used by a soldier from the American Civil War (1861-1865). I volunteer several afternoons per week at my local library. Yesterday the Library of Virginia had some staff at my local library scanning family documents from this war. These items were being added to the LoV archives because this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Someone brought in a wooden leg that had belonged to his ancestor. It was photographed and family details were added to their archives. The owner was thinking about donating the leg and was seeking advice.

The soldier's leg had been amputated just above the knee. The wooden limb had been carved from one piece of wood. The knee section was curved but rigid. The wooden foot itself was missing but remnants of something (leather?) that had attached the missing foot was present.

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