Wounds . . .
Originally Posted by KCFed
Well, it does say wounded. When the smoke cleared, there was a good chance that the shot folks would still be in the world of the living, able to be taken to a hospital to be treated, and would end up on surgeon's reports. Example: being hit in the shoulder'll hurt, but you ain't gonna die.
As for fellas hit by artillery, well, let me put it like this: how long do you think you'll live without your legs and you're bleeding out faster than the water's goin' over Niagara Falls? Or, how about canister? How many do you supposed survived canister shot? You have to survive to be wounded, y'know.
Now, for the bayonet. In close-quarter's fighting with the bayonet, you're stickin' people to kill 'em, before they can kill you. It's really no surprise that those bayoneted didn't live long enough to get to the hospital, and be recorded as wounded. Also, there was less chance of being bayoneted than being blown apart by cannon.
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,
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—The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, Chapter V, Verse 1.