Reprise: Embalming

As my fictional Sergeant Timothy Chase of the 29th Massachusetts discovers, embalming of the dead was a gruesome business. Yet it was essential if a soldier’s loved ones were to be able to identify a son, brother or father a week or more after his death.  It was rarely available to privates or sergeants, except through the U.S. Sanitary Commission which, of course, did not attend to the Confederates.

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About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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