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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

“Bitten” Bullets

From: civilwarvirtualmuseum.org


A common myth from the Civil War is that bullets were used for patients to bite during surgery. On the contrary, both chloroform and ether were available for administration before surgery. These bullets clearly show indications of teeth marks; however, the marks were made by hogs foraging for food on a field after a battle.

The location where they were recovered is unknown.

Image Courtesy Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; WICR 31207


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