Civil War Battlefield 'Limb Pit' Reveals Combat Surgeon Work

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"Scientists have uncovered a pit of human bones at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia. The remains are the amputated limbs of wounded Union soldiers.

It's the first "limb pit" from a Civil War battlefield to be excavated, and experts say it opens a new window on what is often overlooked in Civil War history: the aftermath of battle, the agony of survivors and the trials of early combat surgeons."

https://www.npr.org/sections/health...bat-surgeons?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

Everything I found seems sourced from the NPR site.
 
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" They reveal tiny striations left by the saws. Owsley says they show that the surgeons sawed expertly: starting slowly to set the saw teeth, then quickly through the bone, then slowly on the way out to avoid exit damage." ..., "maybe" with chloroform.:hurt:
 
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