Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine explains the protocol for amputations during the Civil War: how the procedure saved more lives than it cost; how amputations were conducted; what anesthetics were used; and what amputees lives were like after the War.
Forrest’s farewell address speech, and many other of General Forrest's speeches, were written Major Charles W. Anderson. This man served with General Forrest as his inspector general and his adjutant from 1861 to 1865. He was also a close friend and confidant of General Forrest for the remainder of the General's life.
The son of John and Lydia Reynolds, John Fulton Reynolds was born at Lancaster, PA on September 20, 1820. Initially educated in nearby Lititz, he later attended the Lancaster County Academy. Electing to pursue a military career like his older brother William who had entered the US Navy, Reynolds sought an appointment to West Point. Working with family a family friend, Senator James Buchanan, he was able to obtain admission and reported to the academy in 1837. An average student, Reynolds graduated in 1841 ranked twenty-sixth in a class of fifty. Assigned to the 3rd US Artillery at Fort McHenry, his time in Baltimore proved brief as he received orders...
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The American Civil War
The American Civil War, arguably the most traumatic event in the history of the United States, was fought from 1861 to 1865, and was the culmination of sectional issues which deeply divided the country between a pro-Federal government North and a pro-states rights, in the pro-slavery South, whose eleven states formed a breakaway government called the Confederate States of America. The costliest war in terms of human lives, the American Civil War claimed in excess of 620,000 battle or disease-related deaths - roughly two percent of the country's total population, and nearly more deaths than all other American wars combined.