Read diaries and memoirs to get an idea of what men actually experienced. One of my most memorable "wounds" took place when my back was slightly turned and the Confederates fired. The "hit" took me to my knees and I crawled a few yards before sinking into the grass. Adapted from William Ray's description of his wounding at Brawner's Farm. A recommendation: if you are going to take a dramatic hit, tell the guys on either side of you. There are several things that can ruin a good hit. Getting stepped on is one. Having the budding Seinfeld's of the reenacting world critique your style and zealous first aiders rushing up to you yelling "My Gog, are you OK?"
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty