Alcohol in the form of whiskey or brandy.¬†¬†While its value as a medication is questionable, it did relieve pain and it’s doubtful that the soldiers complained of its use.

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One Response to What was the most commonly used medication during the American Civil War?

  1. Aubrey Wynne says:

    Alcohol was certainly easier to come by. If you have to go into surgery, might as well be happy. Til you wake up. I shudder thinking of what those soldiers went through without proper medical care and anesthesia.

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