Portraying Medical Staff, we have all heard, read, and interpreted "piles of amputated arms and legs" in and around field hospitals after a battle. Specifically, I am researching the hospitals in Williamsburg, Virginia, after the battle of May 5, 1862. We have over 30 locations that we know were used for emergency medical care during and after the fighting here, and we have several primary source accounts of such piles of amputated limbs in places like a church basement and the stairwell of a college building.
A question that has come up in my research is "what happened to the actual amputated parts?" Were they buried? That would mean that we should have a lot of forgotten graves of body parts around the town. But we've had a LOT of archaeology around the town in the last 80 years or so, and no one has ever found such a thing.
Maybe I just haven't read the right stuff, but...
Does anyone know of any US/CS regulation, directive, instructions, whatever, on an official procedure for the disposal of amputated limbs from a field hospital?
Failing this, does anyone know of any primary source that refers to disposing of amputated limbs?
Any info or thoughts would be appreciated...