Would a hospital stay of 19 days be sufficient to return a soldier to duty after an amputation of an arm? There are indications of further battles in which this officer was present. Would it be usual for a man to return to duty and serve after an amputation of an arm? It would seem impossible for a soldier with one arm to be able to perform combat duties. This officer was a Captain in an Infantry Regiment during his entire service except for his time as a POW.
I have found that POW records of the United States are very detailed and this man has no POW record of having been hospitalized. If a limb had been removed while he was a POW at Camp Delaware would it not be very likely that the amputation would appear in his CSR
I am of the conclusion that this man did not "lose an arm in the Civil War" but likely suffered a severe flesh wound which required hospital confinement, but he did recover sufficiently to return to his command and resume regular duties.
My conclusion is that there was no amputation but there was a severe arm wound. It would appear that the report of a serious arm wound has grown into "losing an arm in the Civil War." Before I make an important change in an existing family history, I would appreciate others' opinion.