Civil War Injuries and Illnesses
Our soldiers all received many injuries and illnesses. Some of the diseases were measles, mumps, and chicken pox. Also mosquitoes, lice, and fleas infested the army camps. Draw out sickness by making patients sweat or bleed. Infected mosquitoes caused our soldiers to be infected with Malaria. Our doctors were practically crazy. To cure Pneumonia, they rubbed burning alcohol on the sick patients chest, put hot bricks on their feet and cut their wrists. When someone had an upset stomach, the doctors had us wear flannel body bandages and something they invented called a stomach belt. What the doctors made the sick patients drink were blackberry juice, cherry juice, and whiskey. Whenever a soldier was injured in battle, they had to wait for hours to be looked at by the doctor. I'm surprised that they didn't die from pain. To get the bullets out the doctors just dig their fingers into the wounds of the soldier. It's terribly unhygienic and painful, so I've heard. I'm glad I haven't gotten injured yet!
This is how the terrible battles we participate in look like. Many of our soldiers got injured or killed but the Confederate soldiers had the same thing happen to them.
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