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Old 12-13-2010, 08:03 PM   #15
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Thanks for the pic's. My ggGrandfather was wounded and captured at the Battle of the Wilderness. Was in a prisoner exchange but died before getting home. I always wondered about that Battle. Thanks again.

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About the casualty figures, the numbers included the wounded, however, many of the wounded later died of their wounds due to the lack of modern medicine. Wound care was in it's infancy and sanitation wasn't even a consideration. The type of bullets used (Minie ball and round ball, both soft lead and around 1 ounce in weight) travelling slow, caused terrific wounds. Unlike the bullets used today that are much higher speed and are much smaller, the Civil War variety literally smashed their way into the body, crushing bone and also carrying in patches of cloth from the uniforms. Without any antibiotics, wounds festered and gangrene soon took hold. Also, casualty figures did not include death by disease. Nearly as many soldiers died of disease than died on the battlefield.

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