The American Civil War
as seen through the collections of the
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

James Wiegel, Colonel (Ret.) U.S. Army Reserves, Assistant Treasurer of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts , explains the prevalence of amputations as a method of treating war wounds in the Civil War. The advancements of weapons had outstripped advances in medicine required to treat such wounds.

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Video by Anthony Cromwell Hill