Grim look at Civil War surgery unearthed by new pit of limbs, bodies

Enlarge / Erin Godwin (Field Technician, Louis Berger Group) excavates an amputated limb. (credit: Kate D. Sherwood, Smithsonian Institution.)

Eleven amputated limbs, two nearly complete skeletons, and scattered artifacts uncovered from a shallow pit at Virginia’s Manassas National Battlefield Park are unearthing rare and grim glimpses of Civil War surgery.

The surgeon’s burial pit is the first of its kind to be discovered at a Civil War battlefield, the National Park Service...

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