What was inside the amputation kits during the american civil war?
Not the medical kits but specifically the amputation kits
Varied a bit, but often a saw for cutting through bone, various knives for more delicate cutting, a tourniquet, needles, brushes for removing bone fragments from the wound, etc... There's a good visual here - http://www.civilwarvirtualmuseum.org/medicine/field-medicine/amputation-kit.php and here - http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/13941
saws, blades, stuff like that.