A soldier who loved his sweetie to the bone


Here’s a delightful anecdote: A Civil War soldier had his leg amputated, and while he recovered in the hospital, he carved this pin for his sweetheart out of his own leg bone. Who’s this lucky gal Lizzie, you ask? Well, we will never know, because he died of infection before he could tell the nurses. One of them kept it.

You can find this unhygienic yet heartwarming artifact at the Atlanta History Center—if you’re paying attention and scrutinizing the cases the way I do.

Will a part of your leg bone be in a museum case in 150 years? Be my sweetheart and it could come true.