“North Carolina was the first former Confederate state to provide funds for prosthetics [for veterans], signing an April 1866 contract with George B. Jewett, a Massachusetts inventor and the manufacturer of the Salem Leg and Arm. Governor Jonathan Worth provided a building for limb manufacturing in Raleigh and paid Jewett $5,000 in advance; in return, Jewett would sell legs to the state for $75 each, a steep discount. The state also paid for railroad transportation to the factory and housing for amputees during their fittings.
“The state program ran until 1871, spending $81,310.12….”
— From “Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War” by Megan Kate Nelson (2012)
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That is originally from my 2004 book called Phantom Pain–it is currently on clearance at NC’s Historical Publications: http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/phantompain.html
There is also a state historical marker about the artificial limbs program. http://www.ncmarkers.com/Markers.aspx?ct=ddl&sp=search&k=Markers&sv=H-112%20-%20ARTIFICIAL%20LIMBS