"Million-dollar wound"...?


Sergeant Major
Dec 5, 2019

It probably was a judgement call based on each individual case. Looking at what happened with the soldiers from my town in Maine, not many of those who were discharged for disability re-enlisted. In several cases, they were discharged because they were dying and were sent home to die there; these men had to be able to travel. Then there were cases like Joshua Chamberlain, also expected to die, but clearly unable to travel. In the end, I'd guess that the hospitals took in the most hopeful cases--and the least hopeful.