Descendants of John W. Matheny donated some of his belongings to the Botetourt County (Va.) Historical Society, including a very special eating utensil.
According to family lore, said Jim Keyser, Matheny had found the spoon on the battlefield earlier and stuck it in his left breast pocket. While the battle raged around him a Yankee pumpkin ball hit him in the chest bending the lip of the spoon and sending the musket ball into his arm. He lost the arm from the resulting wound.
“All of our lives that spoon hung attached to the frame that held our great-grandfather’s discharge papers from the Confederacy,” said Keyser. [Link]