John W. January, Union soldier and POW at Andersonville, GA and Florence, SC, amputated his own gangrenous feet because no surgeon was available at the prison. During his 16 months in captivity, he dropped to just 45 lbs and was not expected to survive after his release. Not only did he survive, he married and became the father of six children. Years after the war ended, his story received national attention in magazines and newspapers. January died in 1906.