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On this day in the Civil War, Federal General Oliver O. Howard is severely wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia. General Howard’s right arm is amputated due to the injuries sustained in the Battle.

General Philip Kearny, who had lost his left arm earlier, attempted to console Howard by saying, “I am sorry General, but you must not mind it; the ladies will not think the less of you.” Howard laughed and replied,”There is one thing we can do General, we can buy our gloves together!”

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General Oliver O. Howard

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On this day in the Civil War, the Federal Army of the Potomac under General George McClellan fight against Confederate forces led by General Joseph E. Johnston at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia.

General Johnston is wounded in the battle. Confederate President Jefferson Davis appoints General Robert E. Lee to command the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

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General Joseph E. Johnston

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