One of the things that has always struck me about the Civil War is that the fact this was a war with mortal consequences that gets over looked. Two resources that help bring the destructive nature of the Civil War home for me are the Medical and Surgical History of the War of Rebellion
and The Photographic Atlas of Civil War Injuries
. Neither of these resources is for the faint of heart as the pictures, illustrations and descriptions are graphic. The majority of the cases deal with soldiers who were wounded in battle who received some level of medical care. This is important to note since it indicates that the pain and suffering of these soldiers was not relived by immediate death on the battlefield.
The First Maine Heavy Artillery has no shortage of soldiers whose cases are highlighted in both of these resources. There are at least 37 soldiers from the First Maine listed in the Medical and Surgical History
and a handful of First Maine Soldiers also listed in The Photographic Atlas of Civil War Injuries
The Medical and Surgical history is available on DVD-ROM at www.civilwaramerica.com/
and it appears The Photographic Atlas of Civil War Injuries
can be found through Amazon.