Surgeons’ grim methods saved lives

In a gruesome, bone cutting demonstration, Civil War surgeon Brian Pekarek gave a glimpse of how horrible the aftermath of a Civil War battle actually was.

“Confederate and Union surgeons work right along side each other,” Pekarek said, dressed as a Confederate surgeon along side his father, who was a Union soldier. “We were trying to saves lives. It does not matter that this is a Union solider and I’m a Confederate,” he said, pointing to his patient, a Union solider laid out on his regimental flag.

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