November 11, 2014

The Horrors of War - Broken Bodies of Civil War Soldiers

 War is a horrific event. Terrible things happen and young men and women die. The following photos and links to two sites with more photos may be disturbing to some readers. But they show the reality of war. 

The following photos are of Civil War soldiers who were grievously injured and whose wounds and hasty operations left them in a bad way. We can only imagine how difficult life must have been for many of them after returning home.There are dozens of photographs, some very disturbing, all of them distressing, on the Flickr photostream of
National Museum of Health & Medicine

I believe we need to view these photos to remember what horrors war can bestow and to honour all soldiers for their bravery.

Adolphus D. Campbell
National Museum of Health and Medicine

Contributed Photograph 1331

CAMPBELL, ADOLPHUS D.
 EXCISIONS OF BONES OF FOREARM. (VERSO)

LT Company F 45th PENNSYLVANIA
 Battle of PETERSBURG, VA  30 JULY 1864

Contributed by HUDSON, DR. E.D. 1876
Photograph by T.G. DIMMERS











The Horrors of War - Broken Bodies of Civil War Soldiers
Cpt. David D. Cole
National Museum of Health and Medicine



 Cpt. David D. Cole, National Museum of Health and Medicine

 Disarticulated of the knee joint. Cpl. David D. Cole, Co. A, 2nd New York Cavalry. Wounded 3 April 1865 at the Battle of Amelia Courthouse. Treated by Dr. George M. McGill. Photographed by H. Hirschinger, 388 Bowery, New York. Contributed by E.D. Hudson.

 

For more photos see National Museum of Health & Medicine on Flickr

Also see Civil War Portraits of the Broken Bodies Sent Home



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