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    Great Pair of Civil War Battlefield Made Crutches Impeccably Documented to C. W. Lane of the Famous 20th Maine Infantry. The crutches are accompanied by a period ink script tag bearing the following, "Crutches Made by C.W. Lane at Battle of the Wilderness. One a White Oak the other a sassafras tree. 20th Maine Co. K Volunteers U. S. A." Corp. Clement W. Lane mustered in on August 29, 1864, served with the regiment through the vicious fighting at Gettysburg and was wounded in The Wilderness on May 5, 1864 when he suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg between the knee and ankle, during a bayonet charge against the enemy's works. He was initially treated at the 5th Corps field hospital, subsequently sent to Lincoln Hospital in Washington and furloughed home on July 2, 1864. He returned to his regiment in October 1864, doubtless leaving these crutches behind. The crutches are 50" long and cushioned on the arm rests with what appears to be blue wool uniform cloth. Excellent sound condition, completely untouched. Accompanied by a complete set of records. A remarkable Civil War medical artifact, associated with one of the most famous regiments of the war.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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