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Friday, August 12, 2005

Honor Your Three-Fingered Ancestors

From the (Washington, Pa.) Observer-Reporter of Aug. 12, 2005:

Civil War medicine described as barbaric

WAYNESBURG – A history professor gave a unique perspective Tuesday on why so many Union and Confederate soldiers, over a half million of them, died during the American Civil War.

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Physical and medical standards to enter the army on either side of the Civil War were quite low. [Rea] Redd said the physical exam consisted of the following:

Smile! If you had two teeth on top and two teeth on bottom on same side, in order to open the powder pack, you were in.

If you had three fingers on one hand, to shoot the gun, you were in.

If you could stand on one foot you probably had five toes – you were in.

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