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Credit: Arlington National Cemetery
The Civil War claimed the lives of around 620,000 soldiers. Those who survived often had life-altering injuries. The destructive "minie ball" bullets used in the war had a tendency to shatter bones and limbs, and amputation was often the best option in the face of infection and sepsis. The following photos reveal the damage soldiers lived with in the era before functional prosthetics and disability rights.