Historical Landmarks Contest: Winner by an Arm

Jason English

Last week, looking for stories about your obscure local landmarks, we dangled a copy of James Loewen's Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. Now it's time to pick a winner.

The grand prize (the book) goes to Liz:

In Orange County, Virginia there is a tombstone marking the final resting place of Stonewall Jackson's left arm. After a successful Civil War battle, Jackson was mistakenly shot in the arm by his own troops. His arm was amputated and he was transported to another area to catch a train to Richmond. He died along the way. His left arm was then taken to a hill near the field hospital and buried. I love the quote from Robert E. Lee after learning of Jackson's death: "He lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm."

As for the runner-up...

...we'll award a mental_floss t-shirt to Zach:

I live down the road from Wolf Den State Park in Connecticut, where the last wolf in Connecticut was killed. A state park for eliminating a species? The town next to us is also the birthplace of Benedict Arnold and proud of it.

I'll be in touch about your prizes. And don't stray too far from your desktop—we'll get a new book giveaway up this afternoon.