Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hainesville Civil War Re-enactment-- Part 6: 17th Corps Field Hospital

The skirmish/battle re-enactment revealed that the soldiers were in much more compact units units when fighting as compared to today where they are much more spread out.  Casualties were high because of this with the improved accuracy of rifles and artillery.

Of much interest was a re-enactment of the 17th Corps (Union) Field Hospital.  This one had a contract surgeon, one who was not in the military but hired to do surgery and operations.  He used his finger to probe for the bullet in a wounded soldier.

Amputations would not be done unless the bone was found to be shattered, which often happened in wounds.

Ninety-five percent of the soldiers were farmers and taking their leg was like taking their livelihood.

General Grant had a tent, but I didn't talk to him.

Sorry, Bub, Wrong Army.  --Old Secesh

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