|Canister...in the Civil War they were not overly obsessed with what killed a man. If you were dead on the field then you were dead on the field...just dead...be it a bullet, a bayonet, canister, heat exhaustion, or anything else. Men died years after the war from wounds that were not, nor ever, counted as deaths in the Civil War. There was nothing like "The Graves Registration" that emerged in the 20th century. Possibly bayonet deaths are underestimated also, possibly, cause if you are already dead from a bayonet u dont get to a surgeon and ya dont get counted as a "bayonet death". Interesting debate but there is no doubt that the rifle musket was the big killer. Canister was surely a big killer, but only in battles where things got pretty close. The big ones, Gettysburg, Antietam, Cold Harbor, etc. We will never know the truth.
Last edited on Fri May 11th, 2012 12:52 am by Double Canister