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The Civil War came along just in time for Dan Sickles. In 1859, while a congressman, Sickles shot and killed Philip Barton Key, son of the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” in Lafayette Park, for dallying with Sickles’ young wife. Subsequently, Sickles became the first man to be acquitted of a crime for temporary insanity, and though Washington forgave him the murder, it also vilified him for taking his wife back. Fortunately, the Civil War provided second chances for congressmen and commoners alike. Four years after his acquittal, now-General Sickles found himself in a peach orchard in Gettysburg, Pa., his leg shattered by a Confederate shell. He never lost his attachment for the limb, however, and is said to have visited the amputated member at what is now the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Historian Gregory Johnson will re-enact one of these visits and lecture on the general at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. (202) 782-2200. (Janet Hopf)