SLIDESHOW: Haunting Portraits of Horrifically Wounded Civil War Soldiers

The U.S. National Library of Medicine recently released a series of images showing wounded Civil War soldiers who were a part of the estimated 60,000 warrior-amputees between 1861 and 1865.

At a time when battlefield doctors were overwhelmed with the high number of wounded soldiers who were coming through, amputations and other extreme body modification techniques were usually the quickest and most efficient treatment to prevent loss of life and infections like gangrene. These surgeries were typically undertaken without anesthesia and with tools such as large saws, knives and sharp hooks.

The images above are the result of these surgeries, with soldiers displaying loss of limbs, disfigured body parts and damaged bones.

Check out the compelling slideshow.

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