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|Kernow-Ox, interesting you should mention the extremes soldiers went to in order to save their limbs. I am reading a book now by Drew Gilpin Faust, current president of Harvard University, and a noted Civil War historian. She says that in those times people believed that it was vitally important to die "whole" in one piece. This was essential to the Good Death and being whole would make for a better after life.
Of course, anyone would do whatever they could to save a limb even today. But beliefs about what would become of mutilated corpses weighed heavily on the minds of Civil Wat soldiers for religious reasons.