GDG- Limbs as Clubs - East Cemetery Hill

Andy Mills amills at
Wed Jan 18 07:22:25 CST 2012


That all makes sense and I thank you for this information.  


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From: gettysburg-bounces at [mailto:gettysburg-bounces at] On Behalf Of John Rudy
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Limbs as Clubs - East Cemetery Hill

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:

First, I'm not all that sure yet.  But my philosophy has always been that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.  The only place I've heard this story about limbs as clubs is telegraphed through friends from the Ghost Tours.  It doesn't pass my smell test for one
reason: if a story this dramatic was true, why don't we hear it from every LBG on the field every time they go out.  You'd expect it to be a workhorse story.

I just did a cursory wordsearch of Pfanz's Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill for "amputated" and "limb."  "Amputated," shows up twice, referring to specific men who had a limb removed.  "Limb," shows up once, referring to a tree branch.  If this story existed, I'd expect to hear it from Pfanz.

Am I positive it didn't happen?  Frankly, it's impossible to prove a vacuum.  But I haven't seen the primary source yet that tells the tale, nor have I heard the tale from someone I consider a trusted source.  I'm ready to be proven wrong.


On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM, Andy Mills <amills at> wrote:
> Did either side during this attack use human limbs as clubs or is this a great story but void of any factual evidence?

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