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this was one of the first wars in history where the bodies were able to be preserved and shipped home for burial. the new embalming technologies were being developed and also soldiers were more identifiable than previous wars. the fighting was also for the most part relatively close to most of the soldier's homes. but still embalming was an expensive process and was usually reserved for the wealthier soldiers and their families who were for the most part officers in the war. also embalmers got really rich during this period.

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Q: When a civil war soldier died in the field because of illness was his body shipped home or was he buried where he died?
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