I was suprised and amazed to see this Pic, showing an 1896 X-ray of one H. P. Bowditch, who recieved a bullet in the elbow and was still carrrying the fragments 30 years later. For me this really brings home how the ACW was at the cusp of the modern age.
from the website
"Ernest Amory Codman (1868-1952)
Radiograph of the Right Elbow of Henry Pickering Bowditch, Showing Fragments of Bullet Received at New Hope Church during the Civil War, circa 1896.
Gift of Mrs. Harold Bowditch to the Library of Harvard Medical School, 1968.
After completing his medical studies, Ernest Amory Codman (1868-1952) became Assistant in Anatomy at Harvard Medical School and, in 1896, began to consider the utility of radiography for the study of the anatomy of bones and the movement of joints. Around this period, Codman took an X-ray of the elbow of H. P. Bowditch, showing fragments of a bullet he had received on November 27, 1863, when he was shot in the forearm, leading a charge at New Hope Church. Codman, who would marry Bowditch’s niece, Katherine, in 1899, presented the X-ray plate as a Christmas gift."