Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Civil War Oddities #71

Francis R. Nicholls was a Confederate double amputee who wouldn’t give up. During the first battle of Winchester he lost an arm, and at Chancellorsville a Federal shell caused him to lose a foot. Assigned to post duty for a period, the brigadier became head of conscription in the Trans-Mississippi Department. Returning to Louisiana and admitting that he was “only the broken remnant of the man who marched off to fight the Yankees,” he served two terms as governor before becoming head of the state supreme court.