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Civil War-era gunshot wound infection rates

During the American Civil War, soldiers suffered grievous wounds from Minie balls, and many of them had to have limbs amputated to prevent the spread of infection, particularly gangrene (I think). If left untreated, about how long would it take for a debilitating infection to set in for such a wound?
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