Artificial leg, Bangor, 1865

Contributed by Bangor Historical Society


This artificial leg was one of two used by Civil War veteran Wesley Martin, originally from Presque Isle. Martin was born on July 3, 1846 in Presque Isle.

Martin served in Co. I of the 7th Maine and Co. I of the 1st Veteran Infantry, which succeeded the 7th Maine. He was wounded at the age of 19 in Spotsylvania and was taken prisoner by the Confederates who amputated his leg.

He died on January 8, 1930 and is buried alongside his wife, Laura Howe, in the Ashland Municipal Cemetery in Ashland.

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About This Item

  • Title: Artificial leg, Bangor, 1865
  • Creation Date: circa 1865
  • Subject Date: circa 1865
  • Town: Bangor, Presque Isle, Spotsylvania
  • County: Aroostook, Penobscot
  • State: ME, PA
  • Media: Wood, leather
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Bangor Historical Society
159 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 942-1900

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