To the south of the house, and just outside of the yard, I noticed a pile of limbs higher than the fence. It was a ghastly sight! Gazing upon these, too often the trophies of the amputating bench, I could have no other feeling, than that the whole scene was one of cruel butchery.
An estimated 60,000 men had a limb (or more) amputated during the course of the Civil War. On the last day of Gettysburg, a look at the grim realities of amputation—and the guidebook field doctors swore by.