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(1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
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Posted on: 9/14/2020 7:20:55 AM

From the Bangor daily Whig& Courier. Bangor Maine. September 14, 1863.

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Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan
MI USA
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Posted on: 9/14/2020 10:10:58 AM

Hi Larry,

Imagine how much lowesr, & less traumatic these wounded would have been with modern medicine!

Sad what they went through in amputations alone?
MD
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
Posts: 1015
The human side of Gettysburg
Posted on: 9/14/2020 10:27:04 AM

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Hi Larry,

Imagine how much lowesr, & less traumatic these wounded would have been with modern medicine!

Sad what they went through in amputations alone?
MD


All these amputations had to change the men's lives forever. Most likely their pre war occupation was gone with the loss of a leg. I know there was a pension system for disabled soldiers. I hope it was adequate.

Larry
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Phil Andrade
London
 UK
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Posted on: 9/15/2020 9:49:35 AM

Something to reflect on.....if the medical science had been better developed, how many lives - and limbs - might have been saved ?

On the other hand, if the standards of medical care were to be those of a later era, what corollary would there be in the killing power of weapons ?

Regards, Phil
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Lew & Ginny Gage
Cornish
NH USA
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Posted on: 9/18/2020 5:51:56 PM

I wonder what hospital they were in?

Ginny
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Gregory C. White
Canton
GA USA
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Posted on: 9/18/2020 6:57:05 PM

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I wonder what hospital they were in?

Ginny


By September 1863, wasn't the Letterman Hospital the only one in operation ?
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Lew & Ginny Gage
Cornish
NH USA
Posts: 111
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Posted on: 9/18/2020 7:34:46 PM

Oops! I wasn't paying attention to the date! You're probably correct.

Ginny
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
Posts: 1015
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Posted on: 9/18/2020 8:22:45 PM

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Oops! I wasn't paying attention to the date! You're probably correct.

Ginny

Most likely these patients were at Camp Letterman. Yet I think a few a patients were still in private homes by September 63.
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Lew & Ginny Gage
Cornish
NH USA
Posts: 111
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Posted on: 9/19/2020 10:31:41 AM

I think you're correct, Larry, but the article seems to be talking about a hospital with MANY patients in it. That probably was Camp Letterman.

Speaking of Camp Letterman, is that area still preserved? I am so glad Lew and I visited there when we did.

Ginny
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